terça-feira, 26 de agosto de 2014


              Yasser Arafat died ill in a hospital in France in November 2004, after its HQ in Rammalah, in the West Bank, had been bombed several times by Israeli artillery. It is suspected that his death was caused by poisoning with polonium, although this fact has never been confirmed irrefutably. He was the leader of the PLO and the Fatah movement – which were created to struggle the absolutist Israel domination and to unite palestinians. Despite Palestine being a large region mentioned in the Bible and other books of ancient history and although two countries were mentioned when the creation of Israel was approved by the UN, it has never been recognized as an independent state. During the period of most intense militancy, Arafat was regarded as the number one enemy of Israel, only being accepted as the legitimate representative of the region by the late 90s, when he became president of the PNA (Palestinian National Authority). Even so, he died as an enemy and an immense diplomatic effort had to be put forward to make possible for him to travel to France for undelayable and urgent medical treatment, as Israel persisted in not allowing it. Israeli voicers stated several times that while Arafat and his group represented the Palestinian people, there would be no possible negotiation – always suggesting that the Palestinian people should boycott the PLO and Fatah and substitute them for more moderate representatives. At the time, Hamas was considered a more moderate group, being accepted as an interlocutor and possible substitute for the group of Arafat. Today, Hamas itself is considered the problem by Israel ...
               As noted, the real problem for Israel is the fact that palestinians chose leaders who want to claim their rights, require dignified and respectful treatment for them and demand that its people can live in peace and sovereignty in a territory that is not fractionated and occupied by Israel. The problem escalates if they support representatives that are able to kill or die for this – just as Israel is able to kill or die for what it sees as its right to security and sovereignty. Thus, as we can see, what Israel does not want and does not admit regarding palestinians is equal treatment and the possibility of giving back what they took by force. Israel wants unconditional peace, a peace imposed under armed coercion and without rights. Israel wants, above all, an unequal peace.

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