Israel’s Unquenchable Thirst For Palestinian Blood And Water
“Israeli officials have failed to give any justification for carrying out these attacks. In some of the cases in this report Amnesty International has not been able to identify any possible military target . . . In those cases it appears that the attacks directly and deliberately targeted civilians or civilian objects . . . displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused . . . which would constitute war crimes.”
Amnesty International report: Families under the Rubble: Israeli attacks on inhabited homes
In the wake of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge which was either under reported or totally ignored, the mainstream media continues to deliberately release disinformation that promotes the war agendas of the powerful institutions responsible for keeping them in business. Disinformation has repeatedly justified and even encouraged Western military conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria with Iran — at the instigation of warmongering Israel — being lined up as the next target. Endless Middle East conflicts serve to distract from Zionism’s unremitting push for the creation of a “Greater Israel” at the expense of the Palestinian people whose denial of human rights including savage ethnic cleansing continues unabated while subservient Western nations — intimidated by “Holocaust industry” blackmail, bribery, and bullying — look on with unconscionable apathy.
“The central fact of this conflict is that Zionists sought sovereignty in Palestine. From this, all else follows: the Arab response and all that came after . . . Israel is the illegitimate child of ethnic nationalism.”
Michael Neumann, The Case Against Israel, AK Press, 2005.
Zionism’s bloodthirsty quest for sovereignty in Palestine began in earnest in April 1948 — the month before Israel’s official but questionable inception — with a massacre when some 120 fighters from the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Israel attacked Deir Yassin, a village of about 600 Palestinians of whom according to the New York Times report on April 13, 254 were killed. Though that number was subsequently questioned by Israeli sources, the fact remains that Deir Yassin marked the start of Israel’s bloodthirsty depopulation of over 400 villages and cities resulting in the death of thousands and the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians.
Zionism’s barbarous depopulation policy was to some extent facilitated by the 1947 supply of major shipments of modern armaments from Czechoslovakia to the Jewish terror groups. Czechoslovakia, as a means of replenishing its diminished post-war coffers, supplied the Jewish groups with tens of thousands of rifles, bayonets, machine guns, pistols, semi-automatic weapons, 80.5 million rounds of ammunition, 25 propeller-driven Avia S-199 fighters (the first fighter obtained by the Israeli Air Force), and 61 British Supermarine spitfires that had been used throughout the Second World War by Britain’s Royal Air Force and other allied countries. They also trained Haganah pilots, ground crews, and even a brigade of Jewish volunteers.
Zionism’s bloodthirsty depopulation policy continues to this day thanks to Western cowardice, hypocrisy, and double standards. Apart from their thirst for Palestinian blood, Israelis also have an unquenchable thirst for Palestinian water.
“As a settler community, the Jewish state had from the start unilaterally and systematically helped itself to Arab land and water resources contrary to armistice agreements and over U.S. and UN protests. When in January1951 the Israelis sent military units and bulldozers into the demilitarised zone (DMZ) bordering Syria so as to grab the River Jordan for its water, the Jewish National Fund of the World Zionist Organisation agreed to help finance a $250 million development project that included drainage of the Huleh Marshes — an integral part of the River Jordan system — and irrigation of the Negev and the Jerusalem corridor.
“As such drainage channels would undoubtedly impact on Syrian territory within the central DMZ, the Syrian-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission ruled that the Israeli project constituted “a flagrant violation of the armistice.” On March 24 Israel asserted that it had sovereignty over the zone and consequently had the right to proceed with the project and then began doing so the very next day thereby causing clashes between Syrian and Israeli forces. Israel’s response to the clashes was as usual disproportionate and resulted in the expulsion from their villages in the central DMZ of 785 Palestinians whose homes were then bulldozed . . .
“Prompted by the ongoing dispute over water, the Eisenhower Administration in 1953 began preparing a unified plan for the use of the Jordan River. By September, however, Israel decided to pre-empt the American proposals by starting to secretly construct a nine-mile long pipeline in the DMZ so as to divert the Jordan River waters. On learning of Israel’s around the clock activities, the U.S. protested and President Eisenhower suspended essential economic aid to Israel. Fear of angering the Zionist lobby, however, prevented announcement of the aid’s suspension. Undeterred, the Israelis shortly afterwards launched an attack on the Jordanian village of Kibya — an attack ordered by General Ariel Sharon, a war criminal [http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/13/noam_chomsky_sabra_shatila_massacre_that] who with his racist views and actions would not have looked out of place in a swastika bedecked Nazi uniform.”
Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third Temple
“The sullen enmity between infant Israel and its Arab neighbors, long acknowledged and long passed over by Western diplomacy, erupted last week with violence that could no longer be ignored.
“At 9:30 one night, most of the people were just going to bed in the Jordanian village of Kibya, 20 miles northwest of Jerusalem, and a mile and a half beyond the Israeli frontier. A light burned in the village coffeehouse, where a few late gossipers were preparing to depart; on this quiet night , as usual, everyone put his trust in the U.N. ‘truce’ and 30 skimpily armed Jordanian national guardsmen. Suddenly, Israeli artillery, previously zeroed onto target, opened up, and a 600-man battalion of uniformed Israeli regulars swept across the border to encircle the village. For the next two hours the town shuddered under shell bursts and small-arms fire; villagers, screaming and milling, rushed out to the surrounding fields and olive groves. Then the guardsmen’s ammo (25 rounds per man) gave out, and the Israelis moved into Kibya with rifle and sten guns. They shot every man, woman and child they could find, then turned their fire on the cattle.
“After that, they dynamited 42 houses, a school and a mosque. The cries of the dying could be heard amid the explosions. The villagers huddled in the grass could see Israeli soldiers slouching in the doorways of their homes, smoking and joking, their young faces illuminated by the flames. By 3 a.m. the Israeli’s work was done, and they leisurely withdrew.”
Time Magazine report that appeared in the October 26, 1953 issue.
As a result of the ensuing outcry over the Kibya massacre, the Eisenhower administration made public its suspension of aid to Israel. The suspension lasted a pathetic and meaningless eleven days because following pressure from the U.S. Zionist lobby and an Israeli pledge to suspend construction on the diversion project, U.S. aid was restored. The Israeli pledge was as always worthless and construction of the diversion project was eventually recommenced and completed in defiance of an important principle of international law regarding water use which states that water should not be diverted from its catchment basin.
Israel's unilateral appropriation of virtually all that water left only unusable briny water for the Jordanians and the Syrians and ended all local Arab agricultural activity. Israel’s inherent selfishness meant that numerous more murderous raids were also launched so as to facilitate the plunder of yet more water resources. Of the water available from West Bank aquifers, Israel uses 73%, the Palestinian majority uses 17%, and the illegal Jewish settlers use 10%. These settlers, (God’s chosen people) often vandalise Palestinian wells by pouring concrete into them, breaking connecting pipes, and even contaminating them with hazardous waste such as used disposable diapers. Every year there are hundreds of violent incidents involving armed settler attacks that injure unarmed Palestinians and damage Palestinian property. Violence against Palestinians is also committed by members of the Israeli Defence Force (“the most moral army in the world”) most of whom are brutal and racist with perhaps a few dissenting voices:
“I was shocked to see IDF soldiers dragging a bleeding young Palestinian in the streets of Hebron. The shocking image showed our soldiers as sadist who rejoice over the killing of a young man, and drag his body to our settlers to rejoice, dance, exchange candy and kick the not yet dead body. It reminds me of cheetahs and hyenas, which kill and drag their prey. The problem is that these animals kill to survive. Our soldiers kill to maintain the occupation, an apartheid system.”
An ex-IDF officer, quoted in the Jewish daily Haaretz in January 2001.
When supplies of water run low in the summer months, the Israeli water company Mekorot simply shuts off the supply to Palestinian towns and villages so as not to affect Israeli usage. This results in illegal Israeli settlers being able to water their lawns and top up their swimming pools while their Palestinian neighbours, on whose land the Israeli settlements were illegally built, do not have enough water for drinking and cooking. To add insult to injury, Israel often sells the water it has stolen from the West Bank back to the Palestinians at inflated prices. International law unequivocally states that it is illegal for Israel to expropriate the water of the Occupied Palestinian Territories for use by its own citizens or by illegal Israeli settlers; and furthermore, that Israel owes Palestinians reparations — with interest for loss of earnings from agriculture — for past and continuing use of Palestinian water resources. International law, however, does not apply to Israel which will continue to receive reparations rather than to pay them.
Zionism’s obsession with water included Lebanon’s Litani River and as far back as 1920 Haim Weizmann, head of the World Zionist Organisation (WZO), wrote to Prime Minister David Lloyd George, arguing that Lebanon was “well watered” and that the river was “valueless to the territory north of the proposed frontiers. They can be used beneficially in the country much further south.” Weizmann concluded that the WZO considered the Litani valley “for a distance of 25 miles above the bend" of the river essential to the future of the Jewish "national home.” Despite the British and the French mandate powers retaining the Litani basin entirely in Lebanon, David Ben-Gurion, a leading Zionist and the first prime minister of Israel, suggested to a 1941 international commission on the question of Palestine that the Litani be included in the borders of the future Jewish state. The commission recommended that seven-eighths of the river's waters be leased to Israel.
Since then Israel has resorted to various covetous ploys including a ground invasion of Lebanon as an act of “self-defence” against Hezbollah's threat with the creation of a security buffer zone until the arrival of a “multinational force with an enforcement capability.” But increased Israeli military meddling and mischief within Lebanon, the initial goal of a few kilometre narrow strip has now been extended right up to the Litani River deep in Lebanon.
Furthermore, Israel is not content with just stealing water, it is also intent on destroying the supply of it to the Palestinian people. With the infrastructural damage of the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead yet to be repaired, Israel’s recent Operation Protective Edge caused even more damage thereby ensuring that water was a prime casualty with calculated military attacks causing (US$6m of damage) through the destruction of four water reservoirs, eleven wells, sewage networks and pumping stations. The lack of water therefore plays not only a significant role as a source of life and livelihood, but also as a means of control through Israeli laws that shape the lives of the Palestinians living — if you can call it that — in the West Bank, Negev and Gaza.
In the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, by 2012, 95% of the water was unfit for human consumption as pollutants infused the remaining water wells and contamination increased because of the failure to either rebuild or sustain existing sources due to blockade and transport restrictions. The situation is further exacerbated by acts of illegal settler sabotage, the refusal of permits to own water cisterns, and the limitations on access to water sources that have all combined to become a cruel means of Israeli control and punishment. The question is, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO THROW OFF THE ISRAELI-IMPOSED YOKE OF SILENCE AND FINALLY LOUDLY DEMAND JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE?