What a spectacle it is, the slow stripping away of the facade that 1) there is a real peace process going on in the Middle East; that 2) the Palestinian Authority represents the interests of any Palestinians other than themselves and their immediate circles; that 3) the United States and Great Britain are honest brokers and mediators; that 4) Israel has any intention of respecting the rights and property of Palestinians, let alone allowing them to exist as an independent state. Israel's attitude and strategy parallels that of the Great White Father in Washington in the 19th Century toward the American Indians: make empty promises while robbing the Indians blind and murdering them, driving them ultimately onto wretched reservations.
And it it doesn't get any more sordid than this for the Palestinian Authority, collaborating with an occupation army to kill resistance fighters. In France in WW II they were called "Vichy". Read on:
Excerpt from The al-Madhoun assassination:
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has shown operational willingness to co-operate with Israel to kill its own people, the Palestine Papers indicate.
Among the documents are notes, handwritten in Arabic, revealing an exchange in 2005 between the PA and Israel on a plan to kill a Palestinian fighter named Hassan al-Madhoun, who lived in the Gaza strip.
Al-Madhoun (born 1973) was a leading figure within the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, a movement aligned to Fatah, which at that stage still held power in Gaza. Al-Madhoun had been accused by Israel of planning deadly bombings at Israel's Ashdod port and the Qarni crossing between Gaza and Israel.
In a joint committee meeting on fugitives in mid-2005 in Tel Aviv between Shaul Mofaz, the then-Israeli defence minister, and Nasser Youssef, the PA minister of interior, the PA was asked to kill al-Madhoun.
Mofaz: "["] Hassan Madhoun, we know his address and Rasheed Abu Shabak [chief of the Preventative Security Organisation in Gaza] knows that. Why don't you kill him? Hamas fired [Qassam rockets] because of the elections and this is a challenge to you and a warning to Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas, the PA president]."
Youssef: "We gave instructions to Rasheed [Abu Shabak] and will see."
Mofaz: "Since we spoke, he has been planning an operation, and that's four weeks ago, and we know that he wants to strike Qarni or Erez [another border crossing between Gaza and Israel]. He is not Hamas and you can kill him."
Youssef: "We work, the country is not easy, our capabilities are limited, and you haven't offered anything."
Mofaz: "I understand that nothing has been accomplished in the [Gaza] Strip."
Less then a month after this meeting, on November 1, 2005, al-Madhoun was killed in his car by a missile fired from an Israeli Apache helicopter over the skies of Gaza. The attack also killed a wanted Hamas activist and wounded three other people. (FOR THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE)
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