If we thought that instead of 200 dead there, that 2000 dead would end
this whole issue and that at once everything would end, then we would use
much more force."
Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
Washington Post Nov 17, 2000
The high death toll inflicted on the Palestinian resistance has all the
signs of Israeli government sanctioned mass assassinations. Barak's remark
clarifies the essential fact that Israel controls the level of violence
in the occupied territories. By his own admission, Barak could have chosen
to inflict a higher death toll against the Palestinians agitating against
Israeli Military rule. It follows that he could have directed his occupation
army to murder and maim fewer Palestinians.
The number of Palestinians killed for resisting the continuation of a
thirty three-year Israeli military occupation is as high as Barak needs
it to be. Many of these young Palestinian martyrs were born under the Israeli
military thumb. They lived and suffered a short humiliating life under
a despised foreign occupation. And they died at the hands of the occupation's
executioners, the IDF and the Jewish settlers from Brooklyn.
To date, no Israeli soldier or officer has been charged in the death
of that 12 year old Palestinian whose murder was witnessed by the whole
world. It would take a dim mind to conclude that he was the only innocent
Palestinian who was arbitrarily slaughtered by Israeli military goons.
It now appears that the IDF has a daily quota of 'kills' it must achieve
before returning to their barracks. During the last few weeks, that quota
has obviously been increased. Barak is constantly bickering with Sharon
about what the correct level of 'kills' ought to be.
The Israelis apparently have no intention of negotiating a peace deal
with the Palestinians. They insist on Palestinian capitulation. Barak,
a man who wears his arrogance on his sleeve, fancies himself the father
of a vassal Palestinian State that will dance to any tune he chooses.
Barak has repeatedly vowed to bring all Palestinians who kill Israelis
to justice. He does not even mention the possibility of investigating the
serial killers in the ranks of the IDF. Indeed, he has resisted every international
effort to assist the Israeli government in tracking down Israeli war criminals.
There are rules for everything, including rules that govern military
occupations, and that includes Israeli military occupations. Crimes committed
by the occupation army against innocent civilians are considered War crimes.
But Israel, with American blessings, has gotten away with murder for years.
The American government has demonstrated, once again, a high level of
tolerance for Israeli violence against Palestinians. This level of American
acquiescence tended to increase during a particularly nasty presidential
election season, which required $3 billion dollars of campaign financing.
For that kind of dough, American politicians, including presidential candidates,
are willing to shed as much Palestinian blood as Barak. One suspects that
Hillary Clinton would even raise the IDF's daily quota, just to prove how
'New York' she can be.
That the Clinton administration has refused to utter a word about the
level of carnage is a disgusting manifestation of the underlying bigotry
that has been an essential component of America's policies in the Middle
East. Indeed America's policies mirror Israel's racist contempt for the
Palestinians and the other Arabs in the neighborhood. What makes matters
worst is that the Palestinians have a leadership incapable of protecting
them from Israeli violence. While Arafat continues to grovel before a lame-duck
American President married to the First Lady of American bigots, the Assassin
who rules Israel is busy deciding how many Palestinians to kill today.