1967 war - letter in Examiner


Litany of Israelis bear testament to land grab

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nurit Tinari-Modai of the Israeli embassy (Letters Sep 8) takes your correspondent Dan Buckley to task for suggesting that Israel’s 1967 attack on its Arab neighbours was a bid to grab land and resources.

Her suggestion, that "the war was forced on Israel", flies in face of the facts.

That the Arabs had no intention of attacking Israel, and that the Zionist state was not in danger, is borne out by the statements of Israel’s leaders: In 1968, Chief of Staff Yitsak Rabin said he did not believe Egypt wanted war and that Egyptian troops in Sinai "...would not have been enough to unleash an offensive againstIsrael. [Nasser] knew it and we knew it."

Mordecai Bentov, a member of Israel’s war-time cabinet, said: "The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory." In 1972, Gen Haim Bar-Lev said Israel was "...not threatened with genocide..." before the war, and that "... we had never thought of such a possibility".

Other generals, such as Ezer Weizmann, Matetiyahu Peled, and Chaim Herzog, voiced similar views on the war.

In 1982, prime minister Menachem Begin said of Egypt’s Nasser: "We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him."

Charlie Murphy
Dublin 16

Time to ask on anniversary of 9/11: who pays and who profits from endless US wars?


On average, one US soldier dies everyday. Not an enormous sum, unless it is your mother, father, son or daughter that has perished. Few Americans notice. Afghan loses are not reported.

ELEVEN YEARS LATER, we are still at war. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, tens of thousands, millions have paid in full. Children and even those yet to be born will continue to pay for decades to come.

On a single day in Iraq last week there were 29 bombing attacks in 19 cities, killing 111 civilians and wounding another 235. On Sept 9th, reports indicate 88 people were killed and another 270 injured in 30 attacks all across the country. Iraq continues in a seemingly endless death spiral into chaos. In his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President, Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, well… not quite.

The city of Fallujah remains under siege. Not from US troops, but from a deluge of birth defects that have plagued families since the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus by US forces in 2004. No government studies have provided a direct link to the use of these weapons because no government studies have been undertaken, and none are contemplated.

Dr. Samira Alani, a pediatric specialist at Fallujah General Hospital, told Al Jazeera,

Islamophobia, the left and the Arab Spring

John Molyneux - Irish Anti-War Movement committee member

[N.B - this article is the view of the author and does not necessarily represent those of movement as a whole]

One of the strengths of the Irish Anti-War Movement (and, it should be said, of the Stop the War Coalition in Britain) is the clear stand it has taken against Islamophobia, as both a condition and a consequence of its alliance with anti- war elements in the muslim mobilising against the Iraq War and the ‘War on Terror’.

This is important because Islamophobia has become the main, or one of the main, forms of racism (along with Anti-Gipsy racism in Eastern Europe) in contemporary Europe.

Historically racism has passed through several phases each building on but also modifying the previous phase: 1) anti-black racism that arose out of and justified the slave trade in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; 2) the racism of imperialism (including anti- Irish racism, at its height in the late 19th and early 20th century; 3) anti – immigrant racism, especially in the second half of the 20th century. The first emphasised the sub-human and savage nature of black people so as to exclude them from the ‘rights of man’ being fought for by the European bourgeoisie at this time. The second shifted the emphasis to “childlike” and “immature” character of non- European peoples to justify their being taken under the wing of their colonial masters. The third focussed less on biological inferiority and more on cultural difference, making the economically required presence of immigrants in Europe into a “problem”.

Palestine: Haneen Zoabi MK, Eamonn McCann, Mairead Corrigan McGuire & Martin O'Quigley speak in Belfast

IPSC – HANEEN ZOABI SPEAKING TOUR 7-10/8 Dublin, Derry, Belfast,Cork.

07/08/2012 - 19:30
12/08/2012 - 00:22

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is proud to host a speaking tour featuring Haneen Zoabi MK, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Parliament from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th August in Dublin, Derry, Belfast and Cork.

Tuesday 7th Aug – Dublin : 7.30pm, Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey St 
Wednesday 8th Aug – Derry : 8pm, Unison Building, corner of Clarendon St and Queen St, Part of the Gasyard Féile                                                                Thursday 9th Aug – Belfast : 7pm, St Mary’s College, Falls Road, Part of Palestine Day at Féile an Phobail
Friday 10th Aug – Cork : 8pm, Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork City

The IAWM Steering Committee recommends all its members to attend the meeting in Dublin or elsewhere.

This is a rare opportunity to find out directly from a public representative in the Israeli parliament how the self proclaimed “only democracy in the Middle East” truly functions. It promises to be an informative and eye-opening experience, and will afford those in attendance the opportunity to learn about issues relating to both the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the continuing erosion of democratic freedoms inside Israel, including the crackdown on the work of domestic and international NGOs and activists.

Information about Haneen Zoabi

Julian Assange has done us all a service. He needs support


Sympathy seems in short supply for Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks currently holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Swedish authorities want to talk to Assange about allegations of sexual assault in Stockholm. He says he fears that, if he travels to Sweden, he might be extradited to the US on charges of espionage arising from WikiLeaks' publication of 250,000 classified diplomatic documents.

Assange's supporters insist the allegations are spurious. The robust feminist and anti-war campaigner Naomi Klein says: "Rape is being used in the Assange prosecution in the same way that women's freedom was used to invade Afghanistan. Wake up."

Whatever the truth of what happened in Stockholm, Assange's apprehensions about what might happen in the US are far from fanciful.

The head of the US Senate's intelligence oversight committee, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, told the Sydney Morning Herald last weekend that, "I believe that Julian Assange has knowingly obtained and disseminated classified information which could cause injury to the United States ... He has caused serious harm to US national security and should be prosecuted accordingly."

In light of that, and given seemingly permanently heightened US anxieties about 'homeland security', Assange's nightmare glimpse of himself shuffling in a jump-suit in Guantanamo Bay can hardly be dismissed as an invented ploy for evading the Swedish police. So it's puzzling that few in the mainstream media seem concerned about his plight.

Assange's team worked for almost a year, with others, sifting through and annotating the leaked archive prior to launching publication in November 2010.

His partners were the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel - publications held in the highest esteem, not least by themselves. (Hundreds of the leaked State Department cables have since been published in the Belfast Telegraph.)

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