Ramzy Baroud: Gaza Bombing Case
- Truth is Least Pertinent in the Gaza Bombing Case
By Ramzy Baroud - Oct 20, 2003
It matters little whether the mastermind behind the killing of three
in Gaza on Wednesday, October 15, was a Palestinian group or Israeli
intelligence. What's of relevance, however is that the Palestinian
leadership, resistance and aspirations will wholly bear the brunt of
Censuring the weakest party - that unable to withstand the cruel
accusations of the ever-hasty media - is an attribute that has
ongoing Middle East conflict for decades. To illustrate, despite its
racism and palpable inhumanity, Palestinian parents, were, and are
customarily accused of recruiting their own children for 'martyrdom'
sake a cheap return: some funneled dollars provided by Arab
governments or for
the sake of merely blemishing Israel's image. With the inimitable
the charismatic, mostly US media, such utterances, possibly purported
unknown right wing Israeli fanatic, rapidly transform themselves to
critical stage, and serve as a satisfying rationalization offered,
championed by top officials on Capital Hill.
With that in mind, the proclamation of Palestinian factions - already
discredited and branded terrorist by Washington - disavowing the
killing of the
diplomats in Gaza, will gain no empathy.
Nevertheless, Palestinians very much could have been the
perpetrators. They are
fumed and anger often stipulates, even demands vengeance. To
comprehend such a
value, one must see this equation, not from an American newspaper
point of a view, utterly textual and out rightly judgmental, but from
tatters of a tent, pitched by a Palestinian refugee in Rafah, made
again, purely for being a Palestinian that has the misfortune of
to an Israel settlement that was built illegally in Gaza.
In 'a wave of destruction' - as described by Amnesty International -
extended from October 9 to 12, and yet was repeated again a few days
Palestinians lost their homes. Amnesty, recalling similar practices
in the last
three years, branded the 'wanton destruction unlawful and constitutes
Relief teams affiliated with the United Nations' agency, UNRWA,
'refugee shelters' that were completely erased by Israeli army
117 sustaining varying degrees of damage. UNRWA also disclosed that
alone, a small town under every definition, 7,532 individuals were
as a result of similar Israeli raids in the past three years. While
destruction, despite its severity is amendable, human life is not. 15
Palestinians, including several children were killed and scores more
wounded in the Israeli 'incursions'. The statistics are downright
in the latest 'war crime', deemed inexcusable by many governments and
groups across the globe, with the exception of the United States', the
self-proclaimed 'honest-broker', who classified the onslaught under
right for 'self-defense'.
"This is part of defending themselves," an anonymous senior official
State Department told the Israeli daily, Haaretz. Earlier in the day,
Boucher, the department spokesman echoed the same sentiment, with the
addition of comparing the refugees to terrorists.
Lacking shelter, food and water, the Rafah refugees don't lack good
They are well informed, like most Palestinians about those supplying
its vast assortment of weaponry, the bulldozers that routinely
homes, down to the bulletproof vests that soldiers wear during their
nightly raids on the weary civilians. The several billion dollars of
military 'aid' to Israel have systemically targeted the civilian
factories, homes, schools, mosques and churches for many years, a
Palestinians, who have mourned at countless funeral processions,
victims of these weapons, know too well.
Palestinians are growing wary of such duplicity. They can know longer
tolerate the bizarre use of American vetoes at the UN Security
Council, the last
was on October 14, hours before the car explosion in Gaza. It was John
Negroponte who thwarted an endeavor to bar Israel from completing its
wall, which has already ingested much of the West Bank. Just
recently, the US
vetoed another draft resolution calling on Israel not to physically
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. What is now being
the 'Negroponte Doctrine' -an automatic US veto of any 'anti-Israeli'
at the council- is a blank check for Ariel Sharon's government to
its anti-peace policy, with its boundless territorial objectives,
illegal settlements and remorseless assassinations.
Yet the objectives of the right wing government of Israel entail
remains Gaza, although sliced up, riddled with settlements, military
and checkpoints, and degraded with untold poverty, still provides a
safe haven for resistance factions that managed to adapt to the
harshness of the
bloody 'incursions' of Israel. Without forcing Gaza into submission,
remains partly ineffectual in obliging its detested peace 'vision' on
Palestinians. A large-scale invasion of Gaza however is apt to
of casualties, if not trigger a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe.
Gaza, Israel is in need of even a greater American commitment, a
boundless enough that would provide a political shield for Sharon and
henchmen to overlay any damaging international outcry.
Because of this, and because of the Israeli attempt to instigate
involvement on the ground, the Israeli intelligence very much could
the perpetrators of the killing of the three Americans in Gaza. While
of Palestinian bombings are all but a mystery, death by remote
control is the
Israeli intelligence's most ideal assassination method, used with
precision during the current al-Aqsa Intifada.
Palestinian factions rarely if never, deny responsibility for their
matter how tactless they may appear. On several occasions, more than
claimed credit for the same attack, purportedly to perplex the
Israeli army and
defuse its responses. The utter denial of any connection with the
attack on the
US diplomats in Gaza - which was made by all major Palestinian
with unambiguous wording - is a noteworthy indicator that the
resistance might in fact be innocent of masterminding the deadly
patent, albeit perpetual Israeli plot to get Palestinians in direct
strife with the United States - one can hardly forget how Israeli
'leaked' information alleging that the Democratic Front for the
Palestine (DFLP) was the group behind the September 11 attack - is
clear, even to the most radical elements in the Palestinian
Palestinians groups have proved cunning enough not to lend Israel a
The real culprits may never be caught, even if a few Palestinian
bruised faces 'confess' to carrying out the attack. Alas, it matters
the real architect of the sophisticated bombing was. Israel and the US
government's verdicts are already out, and the PA, to distance itself
blame, is 'hunting' for 'terrorists' among the refugees in Gaza, who,
to Arafat, 'not only committed a criminal act,' but have
also 'betrayed the
cause of their own people.'
In times like these, evidence, motives, truth and due process are
ornamental vocabulary, and sadly, the least relevant of all.
-- Ramzy Baroud is a Palestinian-American journalist and editor-in-
chief of The
Palestine Chronicle online newspaper. He is the editor of the
"Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion."
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