This letter is written and signed by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter,
Jose Saramago, Noam Chomsky and John Berger,
it has been forwarded to major newspapers.
The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began
when Israeli forces
abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza. An
incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press.
The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier prisoner -
and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the
Israelis - there are
approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails
On the story we almost never hear about—the Palestinian
one—and an anniversary few of us have ever considered
By Sandy Tolan
07/11/06 "Mother Jones" -- --
Under the pretext of forcing the release of a single soldier "kidnapped
by terrorists" (or, if you prefer, "captured by the resistance"),
Israel has done the following: seized members of a democratically
elected government; bombed its interior ministry, the prime minister's
offices, and a school; threatened another sovereign state (Syria) with
a menacing overflight; dropped leaflets from the air, warning of harm
to the civilian population if it does not "follow all orders of the
IDF" (Israel Defense Forces); loosed nocturnal "sound bombs" under
orders from the Israeli prime minister to "make sure no one sleeps at
night in Gaza"; fired missiles into residential areas, killing
children; and demolished a power station that was the sole generator of
electricity and running water for hundreds of thousands of Gazans.
By the age of 58 a country – like a man – should have achieved a
certain maturity. After nearly six decades of existence we know, for
good and ill, who we are and how we appear to others, warts and all.
And though we still harbour occasional illusions about ourselves, we
know they are, for the most part, just illusions. In short, we are
But the state of Israel, which has just turned 58, remains
curiously immature. The country’s social transformations – and its many
economic achievements – have not brought the political wisdom that
usually accompanies age. Seen from outside, Israel still comports
itself like an adolescent: confident of its uniqueness; certain that no
one “understands”; quick to take offence, and to give it. Like many
adolescents, Israel is convinced – and aggressively asserts – that it
can do as it wishes; that its actions carry no consequences; that it is
My Lord Haskins:
'Looks a bit dodgy to me!' (He
'Bribery is bribery. There is no other name'
And we do not forget - for instance - that Dr Chaitanya Patel OBE BM
FRCP (?formerly/presently of Westminster Health Care Ltd) was advising
Messrs Blair, Milburn, Reid, Hewitt etc on 'reform'** of the National
Health whilst his loan to the rose perfumed party of government lay in
a special account which Lord Levy might know about (Michael Crick -
Newsnight 16-03-06). That he had a direct financial interest in the
expansion of private hospitals had no bearing of course on the advice
he gave. The irony of the firm's title is no longer lost.
**Reform - in Blairese: dismemberment,
evisceration (as at the University Hospital of Stoke on Trent)
24th November 2005
To the panel, Ms Tarazzi, director of the Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza and one of the very small minority of Christians still left in the remnants of historic Palestine, said this to me. It is a truism of course. "Dr David. If there is no peace in Palestine, there will be no peace in the Middle East. If there is no peace in the Middle East there will be no peace in the world". I repeat her message often but preface it with "If there is no justice in Palestine, there will be no peace in Palestine .....".
If there is to be justice where none exists, truth must be heard.
"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."