Monday, November 17, 2003

Targeted assassinations and Palestinian permits

Here is another excellent article (or here) by Ran HaCohen on the current state of Israel, in which he makes three points:

  1. Israel has used its policy of targeted assassination to serially kill five Palestinians, each of which was described as 'the head of the military wing of Hamas in Hebron.' Either they are lying about who these people are, or they are playing whack-a-mole with a leader who is always replaced after the latest one is assassinated, which means that the program of targeted assassination is completely useless.

  2. Ten of the targeted assassinations, all of which followed periods of relative quiet for the Israelis (things are never quiet for the Palestinians), resulted in the collateral deaths of thirty innocent Palestinians, and 180 innocent Israelis killed in retaliation directly following the assassinations. Targeted assassination has been a tremendous success for Sharon!

  3. The wall, which I've been calling the Israeli-American Apartheid Wall (for that is what it is), will result in a massive bureaucratic system of permits required for those Palestinians unlucky enough to be living in the area of Palestine that falls between the Green Line and the Wall. Anyone entitled to immigrate to Israel according to the Law of Return can visit these Palestinian areas without a permit, but a Palestinian whose family has been living there for centuries will now need to beg for one from the Israeli military bureaucrats.