Wednesday, 23 September 2009

New “Milking Cows” in the Service of Zion

Last weekend while on the way to Bavaria, the train passed a beautiful landscape with hills and meadows. And as the train made a stop at some small local station, I looked from the window and among other things I saw some 20 cows pasturing in the distance. Opposite me sat a German family, they were also watching the cows. The children laughed and pointed at the cows saying that they spend all day eating grass. The father commented that these were milking cows (Milchkühe or dairy cows), and they eat all day to provide us with the “delicious milk our bodies need so we grow up strong”. “What happens to the cows when they don’t make milk?” One child asked. “When the cows are old and can’t give us any more milk, they give us their meat.” The father replied. At that moment the train moved on, and as the kids nearby started fighting over some children’s comic, I sat back, watched the cows as we passed them and thought about what the father had just told his kids about the cows. We passed more and more groups of milking cows, eating silently and waiting to be milked in the evening. Somehow, these cows reminded me of another type of “milking cows”.

Some years ago, after the airing of a documentary on German TV on German Israeli relations, I remember the discussions I had with some German friends and their comments on the issue. Some of them were not “into politics” as they would say, but were outraged by what the documentary revealed. The documentary talked about the secret relations between Germany and Israel immediately after the establishment of the Zionist state. At the time, and despite the fact that Germany apologized numerously for its crimes against humanity, acknowledged the Zionist state and void to support it, the Zionists state had refused the apologies claiming that the memory of the Holocaust victims and their suffering was too fresh to forgive Germany and the German people. What the documentary revealed, at least to those friends who had no idea about that whole episode of their modern history, was that while openly acting “proud”, “hurt”, and “protecting the sacred memory of the victims” and the “nation’s dignity”, the Zionist state was actually secretly receiving huge sums of money from the German government, payments that were made regularly throughout the years to build the Zionist state. And as one friend put it: they were all the time crying “we will never forgive you Germans for what your parents did” and “we won’t sell the memory of the victims” while actually they were “selling them and negotiating yet more payments”. The problem is not in receiving compensations for a wrong done in the name of the victims, but in pretending to be above it all because “the issue is bigger than money and compensation”, while taking the money in secret and demanding yet more in the name of those same victims whose suffering is “above money”. If the Zionists and Zionist state were so angry from Germany that they wouldn’t think of forgiving it for the sake of those souls, then why did they accept the funds secretly? And why continue to blackmail the whole world because of an injustice that happened some 70 years ago and at the same time this same Zionist state allows itself to apply the same Nazi practices on the Palestinians. It seems that the higher the payment, the quicker it is to forget the suffering souls and the “nation’s dignity” and put them aside.

It is truly an industry, a business where human suffering is the goods. And the European countries, the “milking cows” of the Zionists, continue to pay the price. What other nation or other ethnic group or other religious group or any sort of group that had been subjected to genocide, mass murder or crimes against humanity has been receiving compensation for more than 60 years and no stop to the compensation is to be seen in the horizon? As far as I know, only one: the Zionist state, and I truly wonder if the real (again, the real) victims, those who survived the concentration camps, really do get these compensations. Most probably they were given a check 60 years ago and their files were closed, while lawsuits and compensation payments continue to fill the bank account of Zionist leaders.

This reminded me of an email I got some 8 years ago. A friend had forwarded an email from an Israeli peace activist who was more angry than disappointed at what he referred to as “what the Israeli state had come to”. Among other things, he mentioned teaching school pupils how to misuse the Holocaust, that for example in case one was in a foreign country and needed money, one should go to the nearest European embassy, the German embassy would be the best option, and mention that one is Israeli and in need of money. School pupils are taught that because they are Jews, they are above others and that the Holocaust and the Concentration Camps are powerful weapons in their hands. I remember once an incident at one European airport. I had left Palestine to Germany to do my Masters and PhD in 2000 before the Al-Aqsa Intifada had begun and before Palestinians were prevented from using Ben Gurion airport. I was not sure if I would be allowed in, but I knew from my prior work experience at the PBC that if one left through the Jordan Bridge one was to come back through the bridge, and if one got a permit to leave from Ben Gurion, one was allowed to come back through Ben Gurion. So, and because I had been over 3 years away from home, I didn’t want to go to Jordan where I would have to spent the night before crossing the bridge, and decided to take the chance and go directly to Ben Gurion. I had to make a few hours stop at one European capital. When it was time for boarding, we were called to sit in a room and as the airport security and airline staff came, they closed the door and said that its better this way, since it allows us to stay seated while our passports and tickets are controlled and no need to stand in a line. The majority of the passengers were Israelis, this clear from the typical long beard, black hat and long black coat of religious Jews. The minute one of the staff started checking the tickets, my neighbour collected her bags and went in the toilet situated in the room. I found it strange that she chose that particular time to go to the toilet. The airline employee went on with the checking, checked my passport and ticket and went back to her place. I kept watching for my neighbour, and when she finally came out of the toilet, she sat in her place as if nothing had happened. As I wondered if the airline staff had noticed what the woman did, the employee came to my neighbour and asked her for her passport and ticket. After acting astonished for a few seconds, as if she didn’t know the tickets were to be checked, she searched a bit in her handbag and then gave the employee her passport. When she was asked for her ticket, she searched her handbag yet again (!) and then gave them some piece of paper. Because I sat nearby I was able to see what the paper was, and even if I didn’t, the employee said it loud enough for everyone in the room to hear. For it was no ticket what the woman had, but a piece of print-out of a possible reservation. Like when one goes to a travel agency and asks about certain flight times and gets a print-out of possible flights. Anyway, the woman insisted this was her ticket, while the flight employee tried again and again to explain that this was no ticket and it was visible on the heading on the paper. It was no ticket PERIOD!

Although I was extremely tired because of the travelling all day, the security checks everywhere and anxious because of the possibility of not being allowed to leave the plane in Ben Gurion and being back in Palestine after 3 years away, I sat up straight and started speculating about the outcome of this obvious charade: who was going to win: the Israeli woman with no ticket, or the airline employee who was no Israeli? Things got even more interesting when the employee told the woman that either she paid for a ticket right that moment or she left the room. The employee went back to her desk and the woman started turning to her countrymen and spoke with a few but it seems no one was interested in helping. They either buried their heads in their laptops or in a book or newspaper, although a minute ago they were all eying the women to see what will happen. When the woman saw there was no hope in her own people, she went to the employee and told her that she only wanted to go back home to Tel Aviv. She had been in vacation and had no money left and needed to go home. I was the nearest to the check-in desk, so I was able to hear everything, as I think everyone else. When the employee still insisted that the women needed a ticket, the woman then used the “nationality” card stating that she is an Israeli, and when this too didn’t work she used her ultimate card, the “I am a Jew” card, and she said it in a way that left no doubt what she was actually trying to tell the employee: let me on the plane or else! I am not a religious person, but I remember thinking: Oh God, please don’t disappoint me, please for once let justice prevail and for once let this employee not be frightened away by the mention of the words: “I am an Israeli and I am a Jew”. Well, the employee didn’t allow herself to be intimidated and asked the security men to remove the women since she had no ticket and had no reason to stay in the room.

And so it is. The American, European, Canadian, Australian and other “milking cows” have to divide their “milk” between their nations and the Zionist state, trying to satisfy both. But I think there were even times, when the Zionists came first. For how can you explain growing child poverty in some industrial European countries and at the same time the continuation of their “payments” to Israel? But unfortunately for the Zionists, like their name giver, these “milking cows” can’t produce milk forever. They have their own internal problems to deal with. With the latest financial crisis, many countries were on the verge of bankruptcy. Many well-known firms were sold and bought, many had to be closed and millions around the world lost their jobs. The alarm bells started ringing in the Zionists state. What is to be done? The search for a solution began and the answer was: new “milking cows” are to be found.

And they were found; the new “milking cows” in the service of the Zionist state.

In his speech on June 14, 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Arab world, saying:
“… We are currently facing three tremendous challenges: The Iranian threat, the financial crisis, and the promotion of peace. …. I appeal tonight to the leaders of the Arab countries and say: Let us meet. Let us talk about peace. Let us make peace.….. I call upon the leaders of the Arab countries to join together with the Palestinians and with us to promote economic peace. Economic peace is not a substitute for peace, but it is a very important component in achieving it. Together we can advance projects that can overcome the problems facing our region. For example, water desalinization.”

Netanyahu wants an economic peace. He says it is no substitute to real peace. Didn’t the PNA sign a so-called peace agreement with Israel? Wasn’t that 16 years ago? What did we get from that peace? And what did the Israelis get from that peace? The Israeli got exactly what they wanted from the peace process: they are still occupying our land, oppressing us, killing us, expanding their illegal settlements on our land, and at the same time they can continue meeting with the PNA, negotiating and claiming they want peace with the Palestinians and the Arab world. We Palestinians got nothing other than more pain, more suffering, being locked up in open-air prisons, can’t move on our land from one place to another without Israeli permits, are not allowed into Jerusalem, our land confiscated, our houses destroyed, our fields burnt and our trees uprooted, and we are being strangled by illegal Jewish settlements that are eating up the 20% of our land that we are “supposedly negotiating”. Not to mention the thousands of Palestinians locked up inside Israeli jails and the thousands killed by the IOF and the settlers.

And hadn’t the Israelis and the PNA signed an economic agreement, i.e. the Paris Protocol on the Economic relations (Annex IV of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement) of 1994? Wasn’t it supposed to be the basis for strong economic relations between both?

The Preamble of the Paris Protocol states:
“Both parties shall cooperate in this field in order to establish a sound economic base for these relations, which will be governed in various economic spheres by the principles of mutual respect of each other’s economic interests, reciprocity, equity and fairness. This protocol lays the groundwork for strengthening the economic base of the Palestinian side and for exercising its right of economic decision making in accordance with its own development plan and priorities. The two parties recognise each other’s economic ties with other markets and the need to create a better economic environment for their peoples and individuals.”

What came out of it? Well, while Israel’s economy is flourishing and feeding on the Palestinian natural resources, the Palestinian economy had completely collapsed, poverty reached unprecedented levels and after 16 years of negotiations we still have no control over our natural resources. The Zionists formulated and signed an agreement that was to establish the economic relations between both sides and called it an economic agreement while in fact it was overwhelmingly a political one: no definite political borders between both and no Palestinian currency. They insisted on the “customs union” model, which is based on the absence of economic borders between the countries involved, while actually the “political” borders were tightened, the closure policy implemented and hundreds of checkpoints placed all over the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the freedom of movement restricted sharply. They wanted open borders for their goods but closed the borders in the face of Palestinian goods. These borders for trade were also to remain under sole Israeli control, and Israel was to collect the import taxes and VAT for the Palestinians and transfer them to the PNA, which meant this money would also remain under Israeli control and thus could be used as means of pressure whenever needed. Contrary to what the preamble says, this protocol is actually based on the idea of a one economy, under Israeli control, with all its activities under Israeli control. It contributed nothing to the building, strengthening or the independence of a Palestinian economy. And for all these activities a permit from the Israelis is required. In addition to this, the Zionists have the right to change articles as they wish and attribute them to the Zionists’ typical excuse for not adhering to signed agreements: security. In other words, the state of the Palestinian economy was to remain hostage to the Israeli: integrated in and dependent on it, while the Israeli economy grew and prospered.

Netanyahu tells the Arabs he wants to solve the problems facing the region together with their help, such as water problems. A historical overview: Israel “acknowledged” the Palestinians right to their natural resources in the Oslo Agreements, but nevertheless continues stealing them. It acknowledges the Palestinians right to their groundwater and nevertheless continues to prevent them from digging wells and sells them their own water for high prices. And while Palestinians have to live with long periods of water shortages during the summer, illegal settlements have swimming pools. So, Arabs, for those among you who are not familiar with the Zionist language, here is a translation of what Netanyahu is telling you:

We will work together to overcome the problems facing Israel. You Arabs will provide us with oil for very cheap prices, like our dear friends the Egyptians provide us gas for very cheap prices. You will provide us with the water we need for our industry, our agriculture and our recreation. We are allowed to ask questions, change agreements unilaterally and bombard any project you initiate without our consent. You are not allowed to ask questions, change agreements unilaterally or object to any of our projects that will involve your water resources. It is none of your business that over the half of the water we use comes from occupied areas and thus used illegally. It is none of your business if we control the water of the Palestinians. It is none of your business that our average daily water consumption is even higher than that of some water-rich European nations. It is none of your business that we will use the water you so much need to still the thirst of your people to fill our swimming pools. It is none of your business what we will do with your water resources, for they aren’t yours alone anymore, you signed an agreement, remember?

And how does Netanyahu propose to solve the problem of water in the region?

- The same way the Zionists handled the Hasbani water project which was to protect the Arab natural resources from Israeli theft? i.e. by bombarding the construction site?
- The same way the Zionists handle their own water problem, by over-pumping the groundwater of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, thus sinking the water table and increasing the salt concentration in the Jordan Valley and in Gaza?
- The same way the Zionists solved their sewage and waste problem by getting rid of it in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and thus polluting Palestinian groundwater?
- The same way Lieberman proposed to bomb the Aswan Dam in 1998 in retaliation for Egypt’s support for Arafat? In other words: you will only do what we tell you or else?
- The same way the Zionists dealt with the Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Intifada, when Lieberman who was Minister of Infrastructure at the time, “warned that the water supply of Palestinian residents could be completely cut off by the Israeli water system, if the Intifada persisted”[1]? In other words: if you defy us, we will let you die of thirst?

Israel wants peace with the Arab world. Hadn’t it signed a peace agreement with Egypt?

Early September 2009 Lieberman went on a tour of 5 African countries accompanied by a delegation that included representatives from the Israeli Defense Ministry, the Mossad, various weapons manufacturing companies in addition to economic specialists. The announced objectives of this tour were to promote cooperation and trade and assists African countries particularly in Water issues and “Israel’s willingness to assist counties … to find solutions to their problems: hunger, insufficient clean water, epidemics.”[2] Israel it seems intends helping African countries “solve” water problems by inflaming the conflict and increasing their arms sales:

“It is no coincidence that three of the five countries Lieberman has visited are situated at the two sources of the River Nile….. Israel is well aware of these countries’ dissatisfaction with the 1959 Nile River Treaty, which is still in force and gives two downstream countries – Egypt and Sudan – the majority of the Nile’s waters.….To reduce the potential for conflict, the Nile Basin Initiative was launched in 1999 – but its meetings have always ended in stalemate. Nevertheless some countries have already taken unilateral action: In February 2004, Tanzania constructed a water pipeline from Lake Victoria and in the same year, Ethiopia announced its plans for two dams in the Blue Nile sub-basin to irrigate 200,000 hectares for much-needed food. Lieberman’s trip is likely to embolden Israel’s new allies to undertake similar initiatives. Agreements signed with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda offer help with ‘water harvesting’ and ‘irrigation’ projects. The delegation’s emphasis on arms sales and military advice implies that Israel would boost these countries’ military capability in the event of an armed response from Egypt.
Lieberman is mostly remembered in Egypt for his bellicose 1998 proposal that Israel bomb the Aswan Dam in retaliation for Egypt’s support for Yasser Arafat. Among Israel’s motives for establishing a role for itself in the distribution of Nile water is the greater control it can exercise over Egypt by influencing future agreements. It needs to keep Egypt ‘on-side’ in many ways – at the Rafah crossing, for example, in its war with Hezbollah and with regard to its growing concerns about Iran.

But the hidden objectives include boosting arms sales in this conflict region and the control of the region’s water resources. Why else would a “cooperation trip” include “representatives of many key Israeli defense firms, both state-owned and private enterprises. These included Israel Military Industries, Israel Aerospace Industries, Soltam, Silver Shadow Advanced Security Systems, Israel Shipyards and Elbit Systems. There was also a delegation from the Defense Ministry’s foreign assistance and military sales department, known as Sibat. And finally there was a team from Israel’s intelligence community, including a senior official from the Mossad, the foreign intelligence service.”[3]

According to Yossi Melman, an Israeli intelligence specialist, Lieberman’s tour was more about building intelligence links in Africa and
“boosting “defense exports,” such as the arms deals worth $500 million that Israel has signed with Nigeria in recent years”. Israeli intelligence has operated in Africa for decades, and military teams have been active in training Africa armies, often clandestinely, with weapons sold by the Jewish state. Melman observed: “Secret funding from the United States Central Intelligence Agency was channeled by American trade unions to (Israel’s) Histadrut labor federation …to finance various activities. “Among other things, the money was used to post an impressive array of Mossad agents in the African states.” These activities, Melman noted, “gave Mossad agents and Israeli Defense Forces officers an excuse to be involved in the internal affairs of African regimes.” Indeed, Israelis were reportedly involved in military coups in Uganda and Zanzibar, or as Melman drily observed “at least had prior knowledge of them.”… Melman lamented: “It is a sad truth that … almost all Israeli activity on the African continent is related to weapons exports…. “Israelis have been involved in civil wars (in Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast) and in aiding dictatorial regimes such as in Equatorial Guinea and the two Congo republics.”

So, Arabs, remember that: “…. there had been 21 armed disputes over water in recent history – and 18 of them involved Israel.”[4] Thus, don’t be surprised if the Zionists have already prepared plans for taking control of your natural resources, like the Lowdermilk-Plan which they prepared in 1944 and the Hays-Savage-Plan from 1948. And while they “negotiate” joint plans with you, don’t be surprised if they were already building underground water pipelines and transporting your water to Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu went on in his speech:
“Together we can realize the initiatives that I see in the Persian Gulf, which amaze the entire world, and also amaze me. I call upon the talented entrepreneurs of the Arab world, to come and invest here, to assist the Palestinians and us, to give the economy a jump-start. Together we can develop industrial zones, we can create thousands of jobs, and foster tourism that will draw millions, people who want to walk in the footsteps of history, in Nazareth and Bethlehem, in the heights of Jericho and on the walls of Jerusalem, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and at the baptismal site of the Jordan.”

Netanyahu cares so much about Palestinians and their welfare that he is asking the Arabs to work with Israel for the sake of Palestinians. He wants the Arabs to come and invest to help the Palestinians. Invest where? In the big open-air prison called Gaza or in the Ghettos of the West Bank? What kind of investment is actually possible inside a prison? And talking about industrial zones, didn’t the so-called “peace process” develop at least 2 Palestinian industrial zones: the Gaza and the Jenin industrial zones? Millions were invested there, and what was the result? Palestinians can’t move from one town to another inside the West Bank without having to pass Israeli Checkpoints, they can’t move from the West Bank to Gaza and vice-versa, and even in some cases their needs permits or need to show their ID cards to be allowed into their towns. He wants to create jobs; instead of the cheap laborers from Africa and China and Thailand he wants to make slaves out of the Arabs. They are much cheaper and won’t raise their heads against their Zionists masters. Isn’t this the way they are treating Arab laborers in the Zionist state and in Israeli factories in nearby Arab countries? Then, he wants to promote tourism and wants Arabs to visit Nazareth, Galilee and Jerusalem, while we Palestinians aren’t allowed in Nazareth, Galilee, Haifa and Yaffa and while we aren’t allowed into our capital and the heart of Palestine: Jerusalem. What he is actually saying is: Instead of going to Europe and spending thousands of Dollars there, come here, to Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, to Haifa and Yaffa and to the Dead Sea and spend your money in our hotels and our restaurants and our shops. Come and enjoy your time here and spend your money here, and forget about the Palestinians locked up behind the Wall. If you don’t see them, then they don’t exist. Come to Jerusalem, and tour the city of peace and religious freedom and forget about the Palestinian Jerusalemites who are being kicked out of their homes or other Palestinians who are not allowed to enter the city to pray in the Aqsa or the Holy Sepulcher. And if you insist on visiting Palestinian cities like Bethlehem or Ramallah, we will take you in our tour buses, and our tour guides will accompany you and will tell you the true story of the land of Zion and protect you from Palestinian tour guides claiming the land is theirs and will protect you from Palestinian souvenirs sellers selling you useless wood figures claiming they are original products of the Holy land. We will give you original products of the Holy land, just come and make Tel Aviv the destination of your next pilgrimage. And to make sure you don’t enter the “wrong area”, we will stamp your passports and those among you who still prefer to visit the Palestinians will not be allowed to enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv or walk on the wall of Jerusalem. And in return you will allow our tourists to fill your cities, buy your hotels and bars and employ fellow Israelis instead of the locals. And because we are peaceful Israelis and are willing to forget your hostility towards us the last 61 years, you will give us economic incentives so we invest in your countries.

Netanyahu then appealed to the Palestinians:
“I appeal to you, our Palestinian neighbors, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority…… Let us join hands and work together in peace, together with our neighbors. There is no limit to the flourishing growth that we can achieve for both peoples – in the economy, in agriculture, in commerce, tourism, education – but, above all, in the ability to give our younger generation hope to live in a place that’s good to live in, a life of creative work, a peaceful life with much of interest, with opportunity and hope.”

He talks about flourishing growth in the economy, in agriculture, in commerce, tourism and education. Is he maybe referring to a flourishing growth stimulated by:

- The Palestinian land they confiscate every day?
- The fields they destroy to build illegal Jewish settlements and Jewish-only roads?
- The fields the illegal settlers burn?
- The over 660 road blocks all over the West Bank?
- The siege on Gaza, Jerusalem, Hebron and the rest of the West bank?
- The destruction of Palestinian factories and farms?
- Stealing Palestinian natural resources?
- The schools and universities they bombard or close?
- The teachers, students, doctors, workers, engineers, tradesmen, journalists, farmers and fishermen they arrest? Or maybe those they kill?

Netanyahu wants to give our young generation hope to live in a place that’s good to live in, with opportunity and hope. If 16 years of negotiations brought us Palestinians only misery, pain, suffering, more land theft and more Israeli war crimes, while bringing the Israelis more control over our lives and our land, no wonder Netanyahu wants us to continue the negotiations. He talks about the ability to give the younger generation a life of creative work. Maybe he means the creative work of deleting other nations’ history, stealing their culture and their land. Maybe he means that the Palestinians should teach their children the history of the Zionist entity, about the Holocaust while denying them the right to commemorate the Nakba. Or maybe we should learn from Zionist historians how to delete facts and invent new names and new histories, and why not in the process delete our collective memory for the sake of peace. It’s the occupation of the 21st century: negotiate, negotiate and negotiate and at the same time kill, steal and destroy in the name of negotiations.

Netanyahu’s call for opportunity and hope brings us back to the Paris Protocol. Here are some interesting points in the Paris Protocol (the bold writing is from me to underline interesting parts):

Article III – Import Taxes and Import Policy
1.a. The Palestinian Authority will have all powers and responsibilities in the sphere of import and customs policy and procedures with regard to the following:
1. Goods on List Al, attached hereto as Appendix I locally-produced in Jordan and in Egypt particularly and in the other Arab countries, which the Palestinians will be able to import in quantities agreed upon by the two sides up to the Palestinian market needs as estimated according to para 3 below.
13. In the entry points of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip:
a. Freight shipment
The Palestinian Authority will have full responsibility and powers in the Palestinian customs points (freight-area) for the implementation of the agreed upon customs and importation policy as specified in this protocol, including the inspection and the collection of taxes and other charges, when due.
Israeli customs officials will be present and will receive from the Palestinian customs officials a copy of the necessary relevant documents related to the specific shipment and will be entitled to ask for inspection in their presence of both goods and tax collection.
b. Passengers customs lane
Each side will administer its own passengers customs procedures, including inspection and tax collection. The inspection and collection of taxes due in the Palestinian customs lane will be conducted by customs officials of the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli customs officials will be invisibly present in the Palestinian customs lane and entitled to request inspection of goods and collection of taxes when due. In the case of suspicion, the inspection will be carried out by the Palestinian official in a separate room in the presence of the Israeli customs official.

Article VIII – Agriculture:
1. There will be free movement of agricultural produce, free of customs and import taxes, between the two sides….
11. The Palestinians will have the right to export their agricultural produce to external markets without restrictions, on the basis of certificates of origin issued by the Palestinian Authority.
12. Without prejudice to obligations arising out of existing international agreements, the two sides will refrain from importing agricultural products from third parties which may adversely affect the interests of each other’s farmers.
13. Each side will take the necessary measures in the area under its jurisdiction to prevent damage which may be caused by its agriculture to the environment of the other side.

Article IX – Industry
1. There will be free movement of industrial goods free of any restrictions including customs and import taxes between the two sides, subject to each side’s legislation.
3. Each side will do its best to avoid damage to the industry of the other side and will take into consideration the concerns of the other side in its industrial policy.
5. Each side will take the necessary measures in the area under its jurisdiction to prevent damage which may be caused by its industry to the environment of the other side.
6. The Palestinians will have the right to export their industrial produce to external markets without restrictions, on the basis of certificates of origin issued by the Palestinian Authority.

This was an agreement signed between the Zionist state and the PNA as part of the so-called peace process. Other than the fact that the agreement was formulated for the protection of Israel’s interests, it is worth mentioning that while the agreement was being signed Israel was closing the borders and dividing the West Bank into Ghettos. And today, when considering the Palestinian economy, which of these terms describes its state best? Free movement? Or maybe Export without restrictions? Many Palestinians need permits to be able to enter their own fields and work them, others have lost their land for illegal settlement activities. As for environmental damage caused by agricultural activities, we have only to read the reports, and there are many, on the damage caused by the illegal Jewish settlements and the IOF. Not to mention destroying land, uprooting olive and fruit trees and polluting the groundwater and the air.

And now, they want to sign similar agreements and protocols with the Arabs, their new-found “milking cows”. The difference between these and other “milking cows” is that they represent a source that has a longer lifespan and the danger of draught is minor in comparison to the American, European, Australian, Canadian “milking cows”. The Arab “milking cows” divide their “milk” between themselves (the ruling families and their supporters) and the American “friend”, and since the “people” factor is missing in this equation, the recipients, including the Zionists, will get a larger share of the cake.

- They want Arab money in their banks.
- They want Arab natural resources delivered almost free of charge in the service of the Zionist state.
- They want cheap labour, Arab slaves to do the dirty jobs which are beneath a Zionist.
- They want to invade the Arabic markets and flood them with products from illegal Jewish settlements and from Kibbutzes built on the ruins of Palestinian villages and on Palestinian fields, and want to be the sole if not the main exporter of certain goods.
- They want to grab yet more Arab land by buying lands, hotels, houses and firms in the name of economy.
- They want access to Arab archaeological sites and cities, so they can distort and forge at will and later claim the sites are Jewish and must be placed under the charge of the Zionist state.

And a final remark, directed to all Arabs and Palestinians who believe in negotiations till Judgment day: the Zionists have always claimed they don’t aspire to build a “Greater Israel” from the Nile to the Euphrates and accused us of inventing lies and false accusations. Remember: The Zionist state refuses to declare its borders till today. And we all know that the Agorat coins (Israeli coins) carry the map of the so-called “Greater Israel”. Arab countries that have diplomatic and/or economic relations with the Zionist state and all those who defend the Zionist state as a peace-loving entity that only seeks to live in peace with its neighbours, what do they say to this? And which Arab countries are to become “part” of the to-be “Greater Zionist state”? According to the map on the official coins: those countries which already have peace agreements with Israel and others who are racing to normalize with it! If the “Greater Israel” is only a Palestinian lie, then why did Olmert only last September address the Israeli Cabinet by saying: “Greater Israel is over. There is no such thing”.[5] So all the time before that, when we were “claiming” they aspire a “Greater Israel” and they were so vehemently denying it, we were actually right and they were the liars. So, why should we believe them now when they deny it?

[3] Ibid.


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