FM: John Whitbeck
As the Western media breathlessly contemplates the horrific prospect of a world without Ariel Sharon and the (presumably) negative effect of his passing from the scene on the "peace process" (WHAT peace process?), the latest article by the Christisons, transmitted below, provides a useful reality check.
WARNING: This article makes for painful reading. I recommend it only to those who seriously care to know what life for Palestinians in occupied Palestine is like and/or who combine ethical values with a touch of masochism.
What Hillary Clinton Doesn't Know About Palestine
Eyeless in Gilo
By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts
In mid-November, Hillary Clinton visited Israel and, following a meeting with Ariel Sharon, in remarks that presaged the praise being heaped on the now-comatose Sharon, began her campaign for president by praising the Israeli as a "courageous" man who had taken "an incredibly difficult" step by withdrawing from Gaza. The withdrawal, she claimed with remarkable disregard for reality, was intended as "a means of demonstrating that he is committed to trying to get back into a process" with the Palestinians. Clinton also stopped for a photo op during her trip, in what constituted an equally monumental lie. She stood on a hilltop inside the Israeli settlement of Gilo, an illegal subdivision populated by 28,000 Israelis on the southern edge of Jerusalem overlooking Bethlehem. Gilo is in occupied Palestinian territory. It was built three decades ago, illegally according to international law, on approximately 700 acres of land confiscated from Palestinian ownership. It is just inside the expanded municipal limits of Jerusalem -- boundaries that Israel redrew when it captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967, then expropriated 25 square miles of Palestinian West Bank territory and annexed it, also illegally according to international law, to Israeli West Jerusalem.
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