Suha Arafat: The 2000 Intifada Was Premeditated, Planned by Arafat

December 28, 2012
Suha Arafat: The 2000 Intifada Was Premeditated, Planned by Arafat

When Gingrich met Yasser Arafat

January 9, 2012
(news.yahoo.com)GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich stirred up plenty of controversy last week when he called Palestinians an “invented people” in an interview from the campaign trail.
“I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places,’ Gingrich told the Jewish Channel last week.
All of which makes the above 1993 photo of Gingrich, then House Minority Whip, embracing the late Palestinian Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat, published by the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, perhaps noteworthy. Stein, who received the photo from a longtime political operative involved in Middle East issues, writes:

On Monday, a political operative who has been working on Palestine-Israel policy for the past 20 years sent The Huffington Post a picture of Gingrich, then the House minority whip, grasping the hand of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat immediately following the September 1993 Oslo peace accords.
The embrace, the source said, came after Arafat met with 20 to 25 House leaders over coffee. Jotting notes down in a yellow pad, Gingrich used the meeting to pitch Arafat on how best to actually construct a Palestinian state. “He said, ‘Look, here is what I think you need — an economic plan — and here is how it will work,’ ” the operative recalled. “It was a very positive contribution at the time and as they stood up, there were pictures.” ….

As you can see this is politics as usual. Bibi Netanyahu met with Arafat as well… and while I would prefer that they never of done this, the fact remains that meeting with your murderers in politics is the job of every leader. It is also the job of every leader to reject the Arafats of their day, but offering economic advice is ok because the assumption when you meet with your murderers is that you are there to help each other. Yahoo was affiliated with ABC news and one of the GOP debates this week. It is the network of Peter Jennings and Christine Amanpour… should we be shocked that the partnering corporation of abcNEWS is attempting to spin a photograph?


US State Dept: Arafat was behind 1973 Khartoum murders of US diplomats

November 21, 2011

Ha’aretz has a good article about the 1973 murder of American diplomats in Khartoum that gives a lot of background:

On the eve of UN recognition of Palestine, 18 years after the Oslo Accords carried Arafat to the White House and from there to the Nobel Peace Prize, and seven years after his death, the U.S. government now confirms that Arafat was responsible for the 1973 murder of its ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan. The two were taken hostage and killed “with the full knowledge and by the personal authorization” of Arafat, according to a study released last month by the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian, entitled “Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXV, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973.”
The incident began on March 1, 1973, when eight members of Black September stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum during a reception, and captured the Saudi ambassador and four of his guests: American ambassador Cleo Noel, U.S. deputy chief of mission George Curtis Moore, and the Belgian and Jordanian charge d’affaires in Sudan. Black September was a transparent front for Fatah, and Arafat was the commander of both, as well as head of the PLO. When the kidnappers understood that Jordan, Israel and the United States would not be releasing prisoners in exchange for the captives, Fatah headquarters in Beirut ordered them to shoot the two Americans and the Belgian, Guy Eid.
Two months later – and one month after the so-called Spring of Youth raid on Beirut by an elite Israel Defense Forces unit, paratroopers and the Mossad, which killed three senior Palestinian leaders – Foreign Minister Abba Eban visited U.S. President Richard Nixon’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.

Here is how the State Department describes the incident in the document:

In the early evening of March 1, eight Black September Organization terrorists seized the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum during a diplomatic reception. The terrorists took U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission George C. Moore, the Belgian Charge´, the Saudi Ambassador, and the Jordanian Charge´ hostage. In return for the hostages’ freedom, the terrorists demanded the release of various individuals, mostly Palestinian guerrillas, imprisioned in Jordan, Israel, and the United States. The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the head of Fatah. When the terrorists became convinced that their demands would not be met and after they reportedly had received orders from Fatah headquarters in Beirut, they killed the two U.S. officials and the Belgian Charge´. Thirty-four hours later, upon receipt of orders from Arafat in Beirut, the terrorists released the other hostages unharmed and surrendered to Sudanese authorities.

Already a month after the incident, Secretary of State Rogers showed that the US knew the orders for the murders came from Beirut:

Memorandum From Secretary of State Rogers to President Nixon
Washington, April 11, 1973.
SUBJECT
Actions to Encourage Lebanon to Move Against Black September and Other Terrorist Groups
As you know, the Black September Organization’s operation in Khartoum was planned and directed from headquarters which that group has in Lebanon.

Abba Eban and Henry Kissinger spoke in May:

Kissinger: During the Khartoum incident, someone suggested we ask you for help. You would have blown up Beirut.
Eban: You know that it was from Beirut that the phone call went to finish them off.
Kissinger: We know that.

In November, there was an initial backchannel communication between the CIA’s Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Walters and PLO leaders in Morocco, including Khalid al Hassan, at the time Arafat’s number two man. Even then, there are appearances that the US was willing to downplay the murders of the diplomats in order to strengthen relations with the PLO, although Khalid put out an opaque denial:

He then with visible embarrassment asked me whether the U.S. had anything to do with the murder of their leaders in Beirut. I replied quite firmly that we had nothing to do with these murders. I gave him my word of honor as a soldier this was so. I replied that we did not resort to murder because it was morally wrong, dishonorable and did not produce results. Bullets killed only men, not ideas. I said I would ask him no questions about Khartoum but we did not resort to murder. He replied with some embarrassment that in all large groups where there has been much suffering, there are some who undertake violence on their own. I understood him to be telling me that the Khartoum murders were not sanctioned by the Fatah leadership.

As Ha’aretz writes, the NSA knew about Arafat’s orders to murder the men ahead of time:

At the end of the 1990s, a former navy officer named James Welsh launched a campaign to denounce the intelligence, security and diplomacy establishments’ failure to warn about the Khartoum attack. In letters to Congress and interviews with the media, Welsh said that between 1970 and 1974, he had worked in the NSA and secretly monitored the Palestinians’ actions.
A day or two before the attack, the NSA recorded conversations about the terror plans, Welsh said, adding that he recognized the voice of Arafat telling his aides, Abu Jihad and Abu Iyad, to carry out the attack. The U.S. State Department was warned immediately, so it could pass on the message to the diplomats in Khartoum.
When he heard about the attack in the media, Welsh was astounded to discover that the person on duty had decided on her own that the warning was not urgent, and thus had delayed disseminating it. It arrived in Khartoum after the murders.
Welsh claimed that when he demanded that the State Department’s failure be investigated, his superiors at the NSA told him such a campaign would cost him his security clearance and result in his transfer from Washington’s quiet corridors to the rigors of a navy fueling ship. Welsh backed down.

If you think that the information here still allows for the possibility that the State Department believed that Black September was not under the complete control of Yasser Arafat, this State Dept. summary of a June 1973 intelligence memo should dispel all doubt:

The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the head of Fatah. Fatah representatives based in Khartoum participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian Embassy.
Initially, the main objective of the attack appeared to be to secure the release of Fatah/BSO leader Muhammed Awadh (Abu Da’ud) from Jordanian captivity. Information acquired subsequently reveals that the Fatah/BSO leaders did not expect Awadh to be freed, and indicates that one of the primary goals of the operation was to strike at the United States because of its efforts to achieve a Middle East peace settlement which many Arabs believe would be inimical to Palestinian interests….
The Khartoum operation again demonstrated the ability of the BSO to strike where least expected. The open participation of Fatah representatives in Khartoum in the attack provides further evidence of the Fatah/BSO relationship. The emergence of the United States as a primary fedayeen target indicates a serious threat of further incidents similar to that which occurred in Khartoum.

The picture that emerges is that the US seemed to be willing to overlook the PLO participation in the murders of its diplomats for what it perceived was the greater good of engaging the PLO in the nascent “peace process.”
Only a year later, murderer Yasser Arafat was greeted by a standing ovation at the United Nations.

(h/t Yoel for original Ha’aretz article)


Nephew admits he can’t prove Arafat was poisoned

November 11, 2011

(EOZ) Yasser Arafat’s nephew and former “foreign minister” Nasser al Kidwa has been a broken record for years – always saying he was on the verge of proving Arafat was poisoned by Israel, and promising to be able to prove it Any Day Now.
He promised that he would release the French medical report translated to Arabic, and somehow this was considered news.

Nasser al Kidwa

Al-Qudwa says the report will answer “many questions,” as it is the Palestinian people’s right to get a clear answer about how Arafat died. The document has not previously been seen in Arabic.
The report by French doctors describes a platelet disorder and speculates on its cause, al-Qudwa says. The doctors ruled out cancer and an acute infection, he told Ma’an.
A third possibility was poisoning, al-Qudwa says, but the records show that doctors were unable to conclusively determine what poison, if any, was in Arafat’s system.
“We have said that it is poisoning,” he hinted.

There are many conditions that result in low platelet counts – including AIDS.
Anyway, this “news” – and Kidwa’s allegations – are a bit old. From the New York Times, November 23, 2004:

Yasser Arafat’s death remained a mystery Monday when his nephew said he could not rule out that the Palestinian leader had been poisoned.
Two hours after receiving his uncle’s medical records, 558 pages long, from the French authorities, Nasser al-Kidwa told reporters that according to the files no trace of any known poison had been found in Arafat’s body.
But he insisted that a “question mark” remained over the exact cause of Arafat’s death Nov. 11 in Paris and was likely to remain for some time.
“We don’t have proof that it was a case of poisoning, and we don’t have proof that it wasn’t,” Kidwa, the Palestinian envoy at the United Nations, said at a news conference in the French capital.
While he stressed that Palestinian officials trusted the French doctors who treated Arafat during his last 12 days and accepted that toxicology tests ruled out any known poisons, Kidwa refused to exclude the possibility that other, unknown substances played a role in Arafat’s death.
“I am not asserting anything, but we are not in a position to exclude anything,” he said.
This is in contrast to comments from the Palestinian foreign minister, Nabil Shaath, who said the night before Arafat died at the Percy Military Training Hospital outside Paris that doctors had ruled out poisoning “completely.”
Kidwa said the truth about Arafat’s death was not just a matter for one person or one family, but for all Palestinians.
“The Palestinian people have the right to know,” he said, pledging to share the medical report with the Palestinian leadership “as soon as possible.”
When Arafat arrived in France for treatment at the end of October, his aides disclosed that he had a low count of platelets, which aid blood clotting, and a high count of white blood cells. They later revealed that the Palestinian leader suffered a brain hemorrhage that sent him into a coma.
Medical experts say the low platelet count makes hemorrhages more likely, but it is unclear what condition caused Arafat’s platelet count to be low in the first place. A wide range of illnesses, from cancer to liver disease, could be consistent with such a condition.

And today, even with all the press rehashing things we knew for seven years, Palestine Todayreports:

Kidwa said during a ceremony last night to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the death of Arafat, “We renew our conviction of the responsibility of” Israel “for poisoning Arafat, but we recognize we have failed to get a definitive answer.”

So expect to see identical news stories next year, and the year after….

no comment from me


Arafat’s family to release report on how he died

November 10, 2011

I get the feeling that Carl does not believe the Palestinian Authority Report that Mohammed Dahlan Poisoned Yasser Arafat

Media_httpwwwpassiaor_xbvju(Israel Matzav) Nasser al-Kidwa, the nephew of Yasser Arafat and the ‘Palestinian’ ambassador to the United Nations, is going to release a report in Arabic that will tell ‘Palestinians’ how Arafat died.

Al-Qudwa says the report will answer “many questions,” as it is the Palestinian people’s right to get a clear answer about how Arafat died. The document has not previously been seen in Arabic.
The report by French doctors describes a platelet disorder and speculates on its cause, al-Qudwa says. The doctors ruled out cancer and an acute infection, he told Ma’an.
A third possibility was poisoning, al-Qudwa says, but the records show that doctors were unable to conclusively determine what poison, if any, was in Arafat’s system.
“We have said that it is poisoning,” he hinted.

Poisoning. What a load of bull dung.

People with HIV often have problems with their levels of platelets, cells in the blood that help with clotting.
When the body slows its production of platelets, and/or when platelets are destroyed at a higher-than-normal rate, a condition called thrombocytopenia occurs. People with this condition bleed and bruise easily.

Do I think Arafat had AIDS? I KNOW Arafat had AIDS. Arafat’s doctor told us in an interview on Israeli television! And I can even tell you how he got it.


The End of Palestine

September 19, 2011

(MORE PAIN)

The Arab League had never believed in an independent Palestinian state. Even while they were creating the PLO, Jordan had already annexed the West Bank. And Gaza was in Egyptian hands. The PLO’s purpose was not to liberate these areas, or even to govern them. Its own charter made that abundantly clear.

Article 24. This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the Gaza Strip or the Himmah area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields.


Palestinian Authority Report: Mohammed Dahlan Poisoned Yasser Arafat

August 7, 2011

A Palestinian commission of inquiry has concluded that ousted Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan was involved in the “poisoning” of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. The commission’s report was published on Sunday by a number of Arab news web sites, including Al-Jazeera. According to the 118-page report, which was prepared by top Fatah officials Azzam al-Ahmed, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, Othman Abu Gharbiyyeh and Nabil Sha’ath, the deposed Fatah official was involved in sending poisoned medicine to Arafat before the latter’s death. If true, this would be the first time that the Palestinian leadership accuses a Palestinian of being behind the “assassination” of Arafat. Khaled Abu Toameh recently wrote about the ongoing feud between Abbas and Dahlan.  Back in June, Dahlan told Abbas “to shove it.” These remarks came after Dahlan was charged with murder and financial corruption, (and his websites were shut down by Abbas) which he was recently expelled from Fatah for. After losing his appeal, Dahlan’s home was raided as he fled to Jordan. Don’t forget that Abbas and Dahlan both hold Jordanian citizenship. Elliot Abram has also recently covered the feud between the PA and Dahlan and calls for an investigation into the corrupt Palestine Investment Fund. Jerusalem Post via Challah hu Akbar

Dahlan is detested by Hamas, but Hamas hated Arafat too. France refused to release Arafat’s medical records to anyone but his family, saying, “The public authorities can in no case violate this law, which touches on fundamental freedoms”….and what medicine was Arafat taking?  Did he have AIDS?  We will never know.