24 October 2007

24 October 2004 - ICAHD: Irreverent Criticism Against Halper's Distortions

Tonight I attended a presentation by Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) at the Kennedy School of Government, hosted by the KSG’s Palestine Awareness Committee. The audience was a mix of Cambridge crazies and pro-Palesitnian activists, so of course I felt right at home. The topic was “Countdown to Apartheid,” and the event was as a lead-in to this week’s Tutu event.

Halper began with this brilliant statement: “We’re going to formally enter an apartheid situation next month, in Annapolis. That’s what I’m expecting.” He later explained that this “apartheid” would be achieved through an elaborate conspiracy in which—gasp!—the U.S. would try to move Israelis and Palestinians to the second stage of the Middle East Road Map towards a two-state solution to the conflict.

Next, he described what he saw as the Israeli mindset. Arabs are “just terrorists” for most Israelis, he claimed. They are people to whom a viable state cannot be granted. Israelis, he added, deny that Palestinians exist as a people; they deny there is an occupation of Palestinian territory; and they deny Palestinian statehood. He claimed this was the view of Ehud Barak, among others, even to the present day.

Halper claimed that the provisional Palestinian state proposed by the Road Map was the “Palestinian nightmare” (neglecting to mention that the Palestinians accepted the Road Map without reservation). This was to be Sharon’s program of “cantonization,” a “Palestine Bantustan,” and “occupation by consent,” which the Palestinians would have to accept or else face being labeled the enemies of peace.

“Israel formally denies it has an occupation,” he continued. “No element of the occupation is explained by security,” he added. The lies kept on coming. He presented a 2003 map of the West Bank: “I didn’t make this map. This is the map.” The map happened to include information about its creator: a Palestinian firm based in Bethlehem whose logo is a red map of Palestine from the Jordan to the sea.

“There isn’t both sides here,” he asserted. “There’s only one occupying power.” He noted helpfully that we had to take “the power differential” into account—which would break the idea that “the Jews are the ultimate victims.” And “how does Israel get away with this?” he asked. Well, it’s not AIPAC, “the Jewish lobby,” “the Israeli lobby,” or even “Christian evangelicals.” No—it’s “the military-industrial complex.”

The “military-industrial complex” is formed by the American and Israeli defense industries, he said, which plan to use the West Bank as an experimental laboratory for counter-insurgency warfare—because, of course: “Nobody’s looking. Nobody cares.” The next stage is the development of nanotechnology—“microscopic military weapons…[that] can be sent into your bedroom.”

From there, Halper said, it was a “slippery slope”—soon American police would be using Israeli gadgets to spy on, and kill, Americans—“without anyone noticing.” He threw in some selective quotes from the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defence Review—which translated, he said, into “We’re gonna beat the fuckers.” This is the third straight time I’ve heard anti-Israel Israelis use gutter language at public lectures.

I thought of pointing out that the Palestinians have built a nanotechnology lab at Al-Quds University, to which I was alerted last month by a young pro-Palestinian researcher. Instead, I asked Halper whether he had ever been arrested. Oh, yes! He replied proudly. He showed us photos of police dragging him away from protests. “But they don’t beat us or shoot us because we’re Jews,” he said smugly.

“But have you ever been arrested for your beliefs?” I asked. “No,” he replied. “Well, I am from South Africa, and I have family and friends who joined the anti-apartheid struggle despite being white, and they were arrested for their beliefs, and they were beaten. That’s apartheid.” It was clear Halper didn’t know or care what apartheid really was. Here’s how he actually defined it—I am quoting his exact words:

“Apartheid is a system. It is not a policy. It’s a system with two parts. One is separation of populations. And that’s exactly what Israel calls its policy. Its policy is a policy of separation. This is a separation barrier. This is a demographic border. Israel calls it a separation barrier. The second element is domination. Where one group separates itself from another and takes power over it.”

Oh, I see. “A relatively powerful country establishes a border = apartheid.” A graduate student—the same one who challenged Sari Nusseibeh over non-violence last semester—then asked how to organize against Israel “in a way that doesn’t seem extremist.” She claimed pro-Palestinian activists were censored at Harvard: “We don’t want to get thrown out of school.” (Should she ever have been admitted?)

Halper went on to declare that “human rights are universal.” But ICAHD never protests the demolition of Jewish homes in Gaza or the West Bank. Halper’s a big shot on the anti-Israel circuit, acting out his crusty Vietnam-era radicalism before willing dupes. He’s also a buffoon and a conspiracy theorist, who regrettably has a large audience of the uninformed and the uninformable that takes him at his word.

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Here are a couple of interesting articles. This guy had it right back in 1987.




SAN FRANCISCO – THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY, a genre spy-thriller by Robert Spirko, is now in its second printing and was fourth on the best-seller list at Atlasbooks, Inc., a national book distributor. Ingram Books is the worldwide distributor.

Spirko, a financial and geo-political analyst who has given his advice to the National Security Council, turned his attention to the Middle East in 1987, after discovering several common elements related to the Middle East question. He wrote down his analysis, and when he was finished, he not only had a solution to the quagmire, he had a story to tell. THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY foreshadowed the Persian Gulf War by three years, and the resultant Iraq War followed by the Sept. 11 attack.

Spirko states, "The chief threat in the region I see right now is the threat to Saudi Arabia by Iran and Al Qaeda. If Al Qaeda were to overthrow the present royal family in Saudi Arabia, cutting off the oil supply to western nations including Japan and China, it would bring down entire world economies. France and Germany would be begging us to go to war to retake those oil wells. It would be World War III."

“If such a scenario were to occur,” he reiterates, “France and the European economies would collapse in a matter of weeks.”

“Another looming concern is Iran which wants to develop nuclear weapons to couple with their Shahab 4, 5 & 6 missiles on the drawing boards which have a range to hit London, Israel, all of Europe, southern Russia and the United States. Also, the Iranian government has said it initially had 300 centrifuges to enrich uranium to weapons grade material. They have increased that to 3,000. They will soon increase that again to 10,000 centrifuges,” Spirko says. “They have the additional capacity to add another 20,000 centrifuges in mass production techniques that will enable them to produce at least seven nuclear bombs in about a year. Where did they get these centrifuges?”

Spirko answers that question by stating an Arab proverb, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

“Simply put,” Spirko explains, “they probably got them from Saddam Hussein before the Iraq War started and were probably smuggled out of Iraq and into Iran just like he did his air force of 600 Soviet fighter planes. In other words, he gave them to his former enemy rather than let them be destroyed on the ground.”

“Why would he have done any differently with the 30,000 centrifuges he supposedly had on a decentralized basis inside Iraq before the war?” Spirko asks. “Isn’t it strange that Iran could come up with a nuclear weapons program in about six months to a year when it took the United States six years under the Manhattan Project with 5,000 of the world’s most brilliant scientists like Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr, Seaborg, Einstein, Fermi, and others working on it?”

Another point Spirko makes on the Mideast is that, “It is time for the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the Camp David Peace Talks or some other place, resume where they left off and "freeze in place" the already-agreed-upon negotiating points,” Spirko says.

"And, it's all related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict which I said back in 1987 was the crux of my book. It always has been, and always will be until it's settled,” Spirko says. “That linkage is exactly what Osama Bin Laden stated in a taped message aired the weekend before the election in November of 2004. Whether you believe him or not is beside the point. That's what's he told us, and we'd better take that into account."

The novel is a mass market paperback produced by Olive Grove Publishers, and can be purchased at area bookstores through Ingram Book Group, New Leaf Distribution, and Baker and Taylor, priced at $14.99, ISBN 0-9752508-0-9. THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY can also be ordered on the web at www.atlasbooks.com, or email orders from: order@bookmasters.com, or from Barnes & Nobles, Border's, Dalton's, efollett.com & Follett bookstores at colleges and universities, WaldenBooks, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com and other popular retail bookstores. Or, readers and store managers can call 1-800-BOOKLOG, or 800-247-6553 direct, to order.


SAN FRANCISCO - When it comes to spy novels and Middle East intrigue, after 16 spell-binding years, the gripping story behind the Middle East quagmire - its issues of nuclear weapons and the quest for a Palestinian State - is finally being told in a ground-breaking new book entitled, THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY.

Author Robert Spirko created the work in such a way that every reader in the world would understand all the intricate issues in the Middle East and how close the region actually came to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY, a genre spy-thriller by Robert Spirko, was fourth on the best-seller list at Atlasbooks, Inc., a national book distributor. Ingram Books is the worldwide distributor.

Mr. Spirko has a unique way of holding the reader in his grasp as the plot of THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY unfolds. He literally takes you from your armchair and immerses you into the lifestyle of the Bedouin, the Israeli, the PLO and the mindset of the Middle-Easterner.

THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY is not just another spy-novel; it is the quintessential spy-thriller because it forces the reader to understand how both sides "think" and why that thinking ultimately led to repeated wars in the Middle East.

Spirko, a financial and geo-political analyst, turned his attention to the Middle East in 1987, after discovering several common elements related to the Middle East question. In working for peace, and after several frustrating years, he put down his analysis in writing and when he was finished, he not only had a solution to the quagmire, he had a story to tell.

But, nobody was listening.

Today, all that has changed, thanks to Olive Grove Publishers who decided to give his book a chance.

When the Palestinian question came to a festering crisis in 1990, he had already predicted several of the actual events before they occurred. For instance, Spirko predicted the Intifada and Persian Gulf War, missing the actual invasion date of Kuwait by only one week. He did this through spectacular supposition, analysis and prediction based on what he was "seeing" in the region.

When Spirko typed his manuscript, he set the work to fiction, about what he thought might occur soon in the Middle East involving weapons of mass destruction, nuclear proliferation, the Palestinian uprising before it occurred, and how the Palestinian question begged to be answered, little did he realize that every event he described in the book would eventually transpire.

His story of what was really happening behind the scenes in the Middle East is truly astounding and remarkable, and his contribution to the Camp David Peace Talks in 2000, formulated a solution to the Jerusalem question. When the BBC got wind of it, they termed it "as nothing short of brilliant" - Jerusalem becoming the simultaneous capitals of both Israel and Palestine in congruous or concentric zones.

Spirko originally copyrighted his book on October 20, 1987, in the U. S.
Library of Congress where intelligence agencies reviewed his work.

Today, finally, somebody is listening.

Spirko feels that both sides must return to the Camp David Peace Talks and resume where they left off and "freeze in place" the already-agreed-upon negotiating points.

“It's like a marriage where both spouses storm away mad in an argument.
They don't divorce and then try to resume their relationship, they come back together, settle their differences, and resume their marriage. It must be the same for the Middle East Peace talks," Spirko says.

The story begins in Beirut, Lebanon, once a great financial capital of the Middle East, which lay in ruin, having been systematically blasted to rubble during 20 years of inexhaustible civil war and siege by Israel, the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah and Lebanese factions. Soon, the quest for a Palestinian State would be framed by these events; namely, the invasion of Kuwait by a neighboring rogue state, Iraq, with Saddam Hussein's goal of seeking nuclear parity with Israel.

In Mr. Spirko's story, Rick Waite, a forgotten UPI correspondent, and Adrienne Waters, a Pulitzer Prize journalist from the London Times, meet-up in Beirut with a PLO operative named Ahmed, who discovers a secret intelligence memo about a secret plan to destroy Israel.

In the ensuing chase to find the answer to this secret communiqué and what it means, a deadly race against time begins as the unlikely trio tries to halt the launch of a secret weapon from a hidden PLO base camp in the Syrian Desert. U. S. and British intelligence operatives have their own agenda, and attempt to stop whatever is going on to save the entire region from a nuclear holocaust.

Spirko weaves a tale of chilling duplicity and thrilling action, as the characters evade and devise a method to announce the discovery of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles to the rest of the world - all while United Nations' delegates bicker endlessly.

An executive at BookMasters, Inc., says, "The book is absolutely stunning in the manner in which Mr. Spirko, tells his tale. He is truly a master as an analyst, and it's totally unlike anything else we've ever read in a spy-thriller. It keeps you turning pages and won't let you quit - until the very end. And, what an ending it is! If you crave twisting plots, thrilling spy-action and intriguing characters, then this is the book for you."

Spirko, whose own background includes a stint in the U. S. Air Force and has given his advice to the National Security Council in Washington, D. C., has a degree in journalism and knows first-hand about the newsroom and what it takes to be an intelligence field agent. His knowledge of the trade makes the story real, daunting, and strikingly similar to "The Year of Living Dangerously."

"THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY drips with reality," quips a book reviewer from Olive Grove Publishers. "If books were rated by Siskel & Roeper, it would be given a two-thumbs up."

Not since, Casablanca, do characters as earthy as Rick Waite, or as beautifully mysterious as London Times reporter, Adrienne Waters, or as desperate as PLO operative, Ahmed, bring fresh characters to a story that will be remembered by readers for a long time.

The novel is a mass market paperback produced by Olive Grove Publishers, and can be purchased at area bookstores through Ingram Book Group, New Leaf Distribution, and Baker and Taylor, priced at $14.99, ISBN 0-9752508-0-9. THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY can also be ordered on the web at www.atlasbooks.com, or email orders from: order@bookmasters.com, or from Barnes & Nobles, Border's, Dalton's, efollett.com & Follett bookstores at colleges and universities, WaldenBooks, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com and other popular retail bookstores. Or, readers and store managers can call 1-800-BOOKLOG, or 800-247-6553 direct, to order.

For readers who want to know what was really going on in the Middle East prior to the Persian Gulf War, Sept. 11th, and Iraq War, THE PALESTINE CONSPIRACY, is a must read.

 
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