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    When Sharon Meets His Maker by Gilad Atzmon www.gilad.co.uk Laura and I share the concerns of the Israeli people about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon s health,
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      When Sharon Meets His Maker
      by Gilad Atzmon
      www.gilad.co.uk


      "Laura and I share the concerns of the Israeli people about Prime
      Minister Ariel Sharon's health, and we are praying for his recovery.
      Prime Minister Sharon is a man of courage and peaceĀ…"
      George W Bush (US President and man of courage and peace)

      "He has surprised, I think, everyone with the courage and
      statesmanship he has shown in recent years to work towards a long
      term peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians." Jack
      Straw (UK Foreign Affairs Minister and man of courage and
      statesmanship)

      A man of peace is dying. Let us all pray for his quick recovery. A
      man that was just about to rejuvenate the Israeli political world,
      redeem for us all the Zionist state and its racist agenda. The great
      man is gravely ill. Oh dear Lord, save our messiah, oh dear Lord may
      you now be able to create a donkey so upright that it can carry his
      load.

      A peaceful man is on his way to meet his Creator. The Lord may ask
      him, just as he enters the gate of heaven, "Hey Grandpa Arik, why
      are your hands so red?" Sometimes the Dear Lord pretends to be
      ignorant, he loves to give his chosen followers a chance to repent.
      Somehow, they tend to forget to do so while they are still amongst
      the living. But Grandpa Arik is not that silly, the Dear Lord isn't
      going to fool him that easily. "What red, what blood? This is me
      painting your land in my favourite colour, I thought you'd like it".
      Grandpa Arik winks to the Lord. The Lord is left cold, unaffected.
      For more than a while, he seems to have been perplexed by the
      conduct his chosen followers.

      Meanwhile, down on earth, the Israelites are praying for a new
      saviour, a new man of peace, a merciless general with a long-term
      agenda. A term that is so long that no one can ever see where it
      leads. The Israelites do not like to see a light in the end of the
      tunnel because it means that they live in a tunnel.

      No, it isn't easy to find a replacement for Grandpa. Indeed, as far
      as filling his shoes goes, the task seems slightly easier, but as
      far as the waistcoat is concerned, the mission is almost impossible.
      The whole of the Israelites can fit in. The whole of the Hebraic
      nation wants to wrap itself up in Grandpa Arik's flak jacket. It is
      warm in the winter and it provides shadow in the summer. Somehow, it
      worked for him for many years. Nothing really touched him, nothing
      really stacked against the man; not the Qibya massacre, not Sabra
      and Shatila, not the death toll of thousands of Palestinian and
      Israeli civilians that took place under his direct command. Not even
      the bizarre death of his first wife and his son.

      Grandpa has managed to get away with everything. On Earth.

      Grandpa was the last and the best of his kind. He was a devoted
      Jewish Nationalist. For him peace wasn't an end but rather a tactic.
      Arik was the last Hebraic warrior, he was the very last Israelite
      knight. All his followers are merely professional soldiers. They can
      kill if needed but they do not prefer to bathe in blood. They are
      spoiled. Thank you peace loving old man for teaching us what the
      Israelites are all about. Thank you peace loving old man for taking
      leave of us. Thank you especially for teaching us what Israelis love
      to love. It is a slight shame it took you so long but considering
      your talent to resurrect yourself from the dead, I would just say
      that it is never too late.

      ===

      Sharon [was] to Scrap Roadmap, Annex West Bank Land: Report
      http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2006-01/02/article03.shtml


      The Maariv report said Sharon would go public with his new plan
      after the Palestinian January parliamentary elections.


      OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, January 2, 2006 (IslamOnline.net & News
      Agencies) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to scrap the
      internationally-backed roadmap peace plan with the Palestinians and
      seek Washington's blessing for annexing occupied West Bank land, an
      Israeli daily reported on Monday, January 2.

      Sharon, who is running for re-election in March under his new Kadima
      party, would argue that Israel was justified in abandoning the peace
      plan and unilaterally setting borders because of the Palestinians'
      failure to crack down on resistance factions, said Maariv.

      The report said Sharon would go public with his new plan after
      Palestinian parliamentary elections, scheduled for January 25.

      The daily said Israeli officials had already presented the idea to
      counterparts in President George W. Bush's administration.

      "(They) explained to the Americans that since there is no real
      chance of any achievement in negotiations between Israel and the
      Palestinians, the natural partner for this matter is Washington, the
      Middle East's superpower-broker," Maariv said.

      A de facto truce observed by Palestinian resistance factions since
      President Mahmoud Abbas was elected in January expired with the
      start of the new year.

      The truce has been undermined by Israel's official resumption of its
      assassinations policy, prompting resistance factions to announce
      they were no longer bound by a period of calm they followed through
      most of 2005.

      Annexation

      Maariv said that even before the March 28 general election, Sharon
      would propose evacuating dozens of West Bank settlements, allowing
      for the creation of a temporary Palestinian state on a single
      stretch of land in that territory and in the Gaza Strip.

      In exchange, it said, Israel wants Bush to endorse its annexation of
      other West Bank areas as well as parts of Al-Quds [occupied East
      Jerusalem].

      Israel captured and then annexed Al-Quds after the 1967 war but the
      international community still regards the holy city, home to nearly
      200,000 Palestinians, as an occupied territory.

      Al-Quds is home of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam third holiest shrine, and
      represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

      Bush has supported Sharon's Gaza unilateral pullout as a potential
      spur for peace but has angered Palestinians by announcing that
      Israel could expect to keep some West Bank land under any final
      accord.

      Israel also wants US backing for its demand that Palestinian
      refugees be allowed to settle in the eventual Palestinian state but
      never in what is now Israel.

      Palestinians have repeatedly vocalized fears that Sharon devised the
      Gaza withdrawal plan as a ruse to cement Israel's hold on most of
      the occupied West Bank, where 246,000 settlers live among 2.4
      million Palestinians.

      Sharon has made no secret of his intention to entrench Israeli
      control over parts of the occupied West Bank, especially on the
      outskirts of Al-Quds, in exchange for the Gaza withdrawal. (Click to
      watch a map of West Bank settlements)

      "Wishful Thinking"


      "Maybe this is the wishful thinking of certain people in the Israeli
      government," said Erekat.


      Sharon's spokesman declined to comment, while a senior Israeli
      political source dismissed the report as "pure speculation,"
      reported Reuters.

      A US embassy spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

      But a senior Palestinian official said he doubted whether the United
      States or the European Union would endorse the plan described by
      Maariv.

      "Maybe this is the wishful thinking of certain people in the Israeli
      government, but I do not think the United States or European Union
      would ever be a part of such schemes," chief negotiator Saeb Erekat
      told Reuters.

      Sharon approved on Saturday, December 24, the creation of a security
      zone in northern Gaza Strip to the outrage of the Palestinians and
      chief ally Washington.

      The no-go zone will be 1.5 miles deep and run along the northern and
      eastern edges of Gaza, which is about 25 miles long and six miles
      wide.


      Please feel free to contact News editor at:
      Englishnews @ islam-online.net

      ===

      Israel plans 228 new homes in W. Bank settlements
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Dec 26, 2005
      http://www.whtt.org/index.php?news=2&id=629


      Israel plans 228 new homes in W. Bank settlements

      JERUSALEM (Reuters) -

      Israel announced plans on Monday to expand two Jewish settlements in
      the occupied West Bank despite a ban on such construction in a U.S.-
      led plan for peace with the Palestinians

      The Housing Ministry published tenders inviting contractor bids to
      develop 150 plots for single family homes in Beitar Illit
      settlement. A further 78 plots were offered in Givat Zayit, part of
      the settlement of Efrat.

      The U.S.-led peace "road map" requires a freeze on expansion of
      settlements in occupied land where Palestinians seek statehood. The
      Palestinians have also failed to meet their own obligation under the
      plan to crack down on militant groups.

      Beitar Illit and Efrat are part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc,
      which Israeli Prime Minister
      Ariel Sharon has vowed to keep under any final accord with the
      Palestinians.

      U.S. President George W. Bush has said Israel could expect to keep
      some settlements under any such deal.

      Palestinians say this would deny them a viable state in the West
      Bank, where some 245,000 settlers live among 2.4 million
      Palestinians, and imperil efforts to restart peace talks.

      Israel quit the Gaza Strip, another area sought by the Palestinians,
      in September after 38 years of occupation.

      "The Israeli government has suspended negotiations, contacts and the
      peace process. The only thing that is still allowed to go on is the
      settlement activities. This undermines the peace process," chief
      Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters.

      The U.S. embassy spokesman could not be reached for comment.

      Figures from the Israel Lands Administration, a government agency,
      showed 999 new housing units were marketed in the West Bank from
      January to November. This compares with 1,075 units for the whole of
      2004.

      Most of the international community considers the settlements
      illegal. Israel, which captured the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan
      and Egypt in the 1967 Middle East war, disputes this.

      ===

      Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW)
      Date: 27 Dec 2005


      Israel: Expanding settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
      Letter to President George W. Bush
      Office of the President
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      Dear President Bush,

      I am writing to you with respect to multiple Israeli announcements
      of its plans to continue expanding settlements in the Occupied
      Palestinian Territories (OPT). This directly contravenes
      international law and Israeli commitments under the Road Map.
      You recently reiterated Israel's obligations to stop expanding
      settlements when you said, on October 20, 2005,
      following your meeting with Palestinian President Abbas:

      "Israel should not undertake any activity that contravenes its road
      map obligations, or prejudices the final status negotiations with
      regard to Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem. This means that Israel
      must remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansion."

      Israel has acted contrary to these obligations, escalating the
      building of settlements in 2005. According to the Israeli Central
      Bureau of Statistics, in the first half of 2005, there was a 28%
      increase in settlement housing starts compared to the same period in
      2004. Israel now proposes to further expand West Bank settlements in
      the coming year.

      We urge you to use U.S. diplomatic and financial influence to stop
      this trend in 2006. On December 26, the Ministry of Housing
      released tenders for the construction of 228 housing units in the
      West Bank settlements of Beitar Ilit and Efrat; on December 19, ,
      the Ministry of Housing published tenders for constructing 137 new
      housing units in the West Bank settlements of Ariel and Karnei
      Shomron; and on December 14, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's
      approved the construction of approximately 300 new homes in the West
      Bank settlements of Maale Adumim, Bracha and Nokdim. Maale Adumim is
      one of the largest and fastest growing settlements in the West Bank,
      with some 30,000 inhabitants.

      The settlement is located east of Jerusalem and adjacent to the
      much-publicized area of "E-1," the last remaining site for potential
      Palestinian development around settlement-encircled East Jerusalem.
      The Israeli government also has made clear that, despite U.S.
      opposition, it plans to build 3,500 housing units in E-1 and to
      include Ma'ale Adumim and E-1 on the western side (the "Israeli
      side") of the metal and concrete barrier that Israel is building,
      mostly inside the OPT (hereinafter, the "wall"). Such actions would
      effectively sever the West Bank in two by cutting the already
      limited Palestinian north-south access routes through the West Bank.

      In addition, a wall encircling E-1 and Ma'ale Adumim would make
      access to East Jerusalem, the center of Palestinian economic and
      religious life, virtually impossible from the rest of the West Bank,
      except through limited checkpoint crossings in the wall, most of
      which Israel has not yet funded or built.

      Israel's continuing settlement activity is a violation of
      international humanitarian law (IHL), United Nations Security
      Council resolutions, and Israel's own commitments under the U.S.-
      sponsored Road Map of April 2003. The Israeli government's policy
      of encouraging, financing, establishing, and expanding Jewish-only
      settlements in the OPT violates two main principles of IHL:
      - the prohibition on the transfer of civilians from an occupying
      power's territory to the occupied territory, and the prohibition of
      creating permanent changes in the occupied territory that are not
      for the benefit of the occupied population.

      In particular, Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention states
      that

      "[t]he Occupying Power shall not ...transfer parts of its own
      civilian population into the territory it occupies." Under the road
      map, Israel agreed to freeze all settlement activity,
      including "natural growth," and to dismantle all settlement outposts
      created since March 2001.

      No one but Israel disputes the fact that its settlement policy
      violates IHL. Yet the international community, including the United
      States, has failed to hold Israel accountable to its obligations
      under the Fourth Geneva Convention to, at the very least,
      immediately cease current Israeli settlement activity.

      The wrongfulness of the settlement expansion is compounded by
      evidence stemming from the construction of the wall within the OPT
      that suggests an Israeli intention eventually to annex the territory
      in question.

      Israel claims that the wall is being built for security reasons, but
      the deep intrusion of the wall into West Bank territory, and the
      capture of major settlements on the "Israeli side" of the wall,
      suggest otherwise. The International Court of Justice, in a view
      shared by many international legal commentators and every major
      human rights organization in the world, concluded in its June 2004
      advisory opinion that Israel's construction of the wall within the
      boundaries of the OPT contravenes IHL and is tantamount to an
      illegal annexation of the settlements on the Israeli side of the
      wall.

      Peace Now has published a list of seven settlements where large-
      scale construction (hundreds of units) is occurring. All but one of
      them are located on the Israeli side of the wall. In a similar list
      of seventeen settlements where medium-scale construction (tens of
      units) is occurring, all but three are on the Israeli side of the
      wall. In addition, two Israeli human rights organizations, B'Tselem
      and Bimkom, recently published a report that documents the fact that
      55 settlements, including 12 in East Jerusalem, housing
      approximately 75% of all settlers, would fall on the Israeli side of
      the wall.

      The report shows that Israeli officials established the wall's route
      hundreds to thousands of meters east of the existing boundaries of
      these settlements to allow for maximum future expansion. The
      organizations conclude that "contrary to the picture portrayed by
      the state, the settlement-expansion plans played a substantial role
      in the planning of the Barrier's route."

      The Israeli government has recently sought to justify its
      construction of the wall inside Palestinian territory, and beyond
      the Green Line, as based on its sovereign duty to protect Israeli
      citizens, notwithstanding their presence in settlements. But Israel
      can well protect these citizens by dismantling the settlements and
      bringing its settler citizens back within the legitimate borders of
      its state. Such a measure would satisfy Israel's duty to protect its
      citizens without undermining its duty to respect and uphold
      international law and would end the severe humanitarian and economic
      harm inflicted on the Palestinian population by virtue of the wall's
      construction.

      Even the Israeli government has now stated that the wall is not
      being built just for security purposes but also to establish its
      territorial claims on OPT land. On December 1, news reports quoted
      Tzipi Livni, the Israeli Minister of Justice, as saying that the
      future borders of Israel will roughly follow the route of the wall.
      This statement by an Israeli public official was the first to
      explicitly link the route of the wall with Israel's political, not
      security, aims.

      We urge you to take immediate action to end U.S. support of Israel's
      unlawful policies. According to an investigative report by the
      Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, based on government ministry budgets,
      Israel spends about NIS 2.5 billion a year ($550 million) for the
      non-military aspects of settlement maintenance and expansion.
      Furthermore, the Knesset has projected that Israel will spend about
      $3.4 billion in total on construction of the wall, 80% of which is
      inside the occupied West Bank. (Israel has not made public a
      breakdown of the portions of the costs attributable to construction
      of the wall inside the West Bank, on the Green Line, or inside
      Israel).

      Recent experience with the Rafah border-crossing deal confirms that
      when the United States is determined to change problematic Israeli
      conduct, Israel will comply. To avoid U.S. financial complicity in
      policies that the U.S. Government opposes and that international law
      prohibits, we therefore call on you and other key government
      officials, first, to state in unequivocal terms that the United
      States will not tolerate any further settlement expansion and,
      second, to announce that the administration will deduct from U.S.
      financial aid to Israel - about $2.58 billion in fiscal year 2005 --
      an amount equal to Israel's expenditures on the settlements and on
      the construction and maintenance of such portion of the wall that is
      inside the West Bank.

      Yours sincerely,
      Sarah Leah Whitson
      Executive Director, Middle East North Africa Division
      Human Rights Watch"

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