Who killed Yasser Arafat?

Aljazeera: late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who was killed by polonium

Aljazeera: late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who was killed by polonium

Motasem A Dalloul, London

After the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat seven years ago, many voices called for an official and open investigation into the cause; they were ignored. Palestinian, Arabic and even international parties have been trying to keep the cause hidden or, at least, away from serious discussion.
There are strong suggestions that those behind Arafat’s death were the Israelis, backed by the US, as they used to announce repeatedly and loudly that he was an obstacle to the peace process. That idea was developed after his famous stance at the second Camp David summit in 1999.
The unknown factor is who helped the Israelis and Americans to assassinate the Palestinian President. It seems obvious that he must have been a Palestinian from the leader’s close coterie. Doubts surround Arafat’s successors who divided his heritage among themselves but did not follow the way that he had set out in the way he treated the Israelis; they opted for another, worse way, which is leading the Palestinians to an unknown end.
Not only Fatah members or PLO factions but also all Palestinians used to ask for a public inquiry to know the reasons for Arafat’s death. The issue is still a cause of discontent among the current Palestinian leadership whose members were ready to occupy his position.
Many of Arafat’s successors across the leadership promised to launch a public inquiry, but they have not done so. They did not even publish the report from the French military hospital where Arafat passed away. That created even more suspicions among Palestinian citizens and factions.
Following an investigation by Aljazeera TV, it now seems almost certain that Arafat was killed by a dose of Polonium, the same radioactive substance which was used to kill the ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. It is not known yet who was responsible, or how this substance was administered to Arafat. Some say it was inserted through his ear, some through a poisoned kiss, and others a poisoned meal.
There is a prime suspect, but he will not be named easily until a comprehensive, independent investigation has been carried out. Aljazeera’s report, broadcast on Tuesday, did not name exactly who was involved in Arafat’s death; it did, though, prove that he was killed by Polonium which must have been injected or inserted into his body by one of his close aides.
For now, there are some important facts which should be made public about this issue. The first is that Mahmoud Abbas was the main tool used by Arafat’s foes to diminish his power when he was nominated to be the first Palestinian Prime Minster while the President was still alive. That was clearly against Arafat’s will, and his supporters took to the streets in massive demonstrations all over the Palestinian territories calling Abbas a collaborator with the Israelis and Americans. Those demonstrations continued until Abbas was deposed as PM.
After Arafat’s death, Abbas was in control of all of his positions and somewhat miraculously became the only choice to succeed him as President, supported by all Fatah and PLO leaders. Abbas was also welcomed by the Israelis, Arab, US and other international leaders as Arafat’s logical successor and the real partner for peace in the Middle East.
The fact that Mahmoud Abbas refused any kind of investigation into his predecessor’s death increases doubts about plans to keep the cause a secret. It is known that cultures from Arafat’s body were taken several days after his death to be tested in French, Jordanian and Tunisian laboratories, but they were “lost”.
Even the conditions surrounding Arafat’s burial were suspicious. Sheikh Tayssit al-Tamimi, the Palestinian Mufti who led the funeral prayer, confirmed several times on different occasions that there was suspicion regarding Arafat’s death.
Another important point relates to Mohammed Dahlan, who was one of the planned successors of Arafat. In a meeting in one of Gaza’s mosques in 2006, Yasser Abu-Helal, the founder of Al Ahrar Movement, declared that Dahlan had told Hamas leader Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi that his movement must take part in a campaign of incitement against Arafat in 2004 to protect him from being assassinated by the Israelis.
Rantissi refused and the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, told a press conference that Yasser Arafat was the target of a dirty tricks campaign by Palestinian figures; he said that Hamas would not keep silent if any harm came to President Arafat.
Neverthess, Yasser Arafat was killed and no formal investigations have been conducted. It is important now, following Aljazeera’s investigations, for a public inquiry to be opened by the International Criminal Court, which has the legal authority to conduct such an investigation. This is an issue of international importance, given that the peace process is still trundling on to nowhere. Palestinians need to know who has their best interests at heart, and who killed Yasser Arafat.



Israel’s inhumane control of water poisons Palestine

Watch me speaking to Press TV about the water crisis:

Israel’s inhumane control of water poisons Palestine

The battle for water in Palestine has become a fight to survive as wells drain and water quality turns deadly due to Israel using water as a tool of control.

Press TV in its program Remember Palestine has interviewed Mr. Motasem Dalloul, a journalist from Gaza currently in London about the state of water access and quality under the occupational control of Israel and how this is impacting Palestinian’s lives and its economy. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: We saw a little bit about the crippling effects of not being able to go about ones business as you would see fit and water is being used as a vital mechanism in this thing. You are also a business man so you know about the economic effects of this. Explain a little if you will.
Dalloul: I want to say something at the beginning that the founders of the Israeli state in the late 19th century thought of the issue of water as a strategic factor for their long term existence for the future..

Press TV: So this is not accidental?… This is not an accident in the way this situation has unfolded…

Dalloul: Of course, they have thought of this for 100 years and during the British rule in that region they started to have franchises from the British government over some resources of water in that area.

Then in 1965 before the 1967 war, the Arabs decided to build some dams in the area. Israel targeted those projects and they destroyed all of the equipment used and it has prevented the Arabs from renewing such projects until today.

In the 1967 war, Israel controlled all the water resources in the area, among them the River Jordan and all the passages of that river and of several other rivers.

Israel itself consumes more than 60 percent of all the underground water of the River Jordan. Compared with Jordan where most of the passage of that river passes through its soil, it consumes only 25 percent and Syria consumes 15 percent of that water.

And then in 1993 under the Oslo Peace Agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli side, this water issue remained a major outstanding issue…

Press TV: So no solutions were put on the table, because it’s a way of controlling the people, their movements, their ability to develop…

Dalloul: Yes. They want to continue controlling the people from a sensitive area. In 1995, in Tarba what was known as the Transitional State Agreement between 1995 and 1999, which should have ended in 1999, the water issue on the Palestinian and Israeli sides agreed on setting up a committee for dealing with the water issue.

According to the committee, the Israeli side should have supplied the Palestinians with their needs of water…

Press TV: … Which isn’t being done. The water shortage is something even the UN has highlighted…

Press TV: The crucial thing Zayneb mentioned at the start is that the area isn’t in a state of drought. There shouldn’t be a crisis; the crisis is purely political.

Dalloul: Yes. As I told you, the Israeli policy is holding the neck of the bottle of water in that area and allows only slight drops for the Palestinians and even for the other countries surrounding Israel.

I want to tell you something surprising that Israel supported by the US is trying to go over the line. On 26th April 2012, it signed with a US aid organization an investment agreement to invest in agricultural projects in the countries of the River Nile passing such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda. These projects are to build dams and these dams will elicit an amount of water for Egypt and for these other Arab countries.

Press TV: So now not only are things being done from one side, they have moved over to the Nile…

Dalloul: Yes. And what they are also doing is that they are stealing the water from the underground reserves in Sinai also.
Israel has deep wells along lines between Israel and Sinai and these wells withdraw the underground from water from the Sinai so that the Bedouins there… the wells of the Bedouins… they are drained and they suffer problems for their work. This also happens with the wells of the Palestinians.

Press TV: They can’t dig far enough to try and counteract…indeed.

Dalloul: The depth of the Palestinian wells ranges from only 60 to 70 to a maximum of 100 meters, but the Israeli wells range from 1,500 to 2,000 meters.

My uncles are farmers and before coming here they told me that their well has been drained. Before draining… the amount of saline had increased too much.

Press TV: So there is completely nothing there? …

Dalloul: It is a point about the daily consumption of water by the Israeli citizens.
It is OK that Israeli citizens consume from 240 to 280 liters per day, but the consumption of the settlers hits 700 liters per day.

Compared to the Palestinians as Zayneb said, the Palestinians have only 50 liters per day. This is half of the minimum amount decided by the World Health Organization.

Press TV: In Ramallah in terms of the way in which some of these areas have been completely drained of all the resources. Sister Zeinab mentioned there that Ramallah has a rainfall equivalent to Berlin – as we know, not the driest city in the world – the West Bank is comparable to Paris. These areas should be plentiful, the economy should be able to flourish and grow.

Dalloul: It should be for sure, but what the Israelis do to steal the water from the wells of the Palestinians, the Israelis have the equipment and have the political weight to dig and they don’t need licenses to dig deep wells.

The wells of the Palestinians, yes, they don’t exceed 100 meters, but the Israeli wells range from 1,500 to 2,000 meters and this drains all the underground water and so that the salinity in the water increases and toxic materials appear in the water such as chlorides and lead. The water in the Palestinian territories contains a high amount of lead, which is highly toxic and highly poisonous…

Press TV: What does this do to the economy because surely agricultural land is destroyed?

It destroys the economy. A lot of farmers give up work because they don’t have enough water. If they have enough water, they suffer because of the poisons; it is not good for agriculture and even for manufacturing and factories. Because of the shortage of water and they need the water for industries, they sometimes give up or they don’t know what to do.

The expenses of industry became high because of the high expenses being spent on water. Something important I want to mention here is that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mentioned in their book some statistics, [including] that 50,000 children from the Palestinian Territories don’t have any kind of access to water; 150,000 have limited access and they give the example of a few hours every six days access to water resources. 28,000 children in the Palestinian Territories in health problems related to water poisons.

Is the security dossier really away from Hamas-Fateh dialogue?

Abbas and Meshal

Abbas and Meshal

London, May 15, 2012

It was clear in all previous rounds of talks between the two Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fateh that the security dossier is the main deadlock in the way of their reconciliation. This dossier always consumes the time of their talks and, at the end, it is not resolved. Such a dossier is not difficult to be figured out, but the problem is that each of both rivals has its own view about it which it too far from the other’s.

For Fateh, it sees that it is obligated by Oslo Accord signed with the Israelis in 1993, which dictates that Palestinian Authority must cooperate and coordinate with the Israelis in security issues and both Palestinian and Israeli sides exchange, discuss and agree on the names of security officers and commanders of the Palestinian security apparatuses. There must be joint security patrols. This is called by Dr Ibraheem Habeeb, a Palestinian political researcher, a problematic issue in the role of security apparatuses.

In the opposite side, Hamas sees that the role of security apparatuses is to protect Palestinians’ security and confront Israeli threats against them. There mustn’t be a room for cooperation and coordination between Palestinians and Israelis in this sensitive dossier. It insists that this endangers the life of Palestinians and adds more complications to their lives. Therefore, at the time each side is stick to its view, it appears that there is no compromise regarding this dossier in the horizon.

Of course, each side has its own and logical reasons for sticking to its position. For Fateh and the PA, it would encounter a number of punitive Israeli measures if it carried out any compromise on security issues agreed upon with the Israelis. It will face a ban of movement of senior officials, freeze of tax revenues on Palestinian imports collected by the Israeli customs, attacks against posts of security apparatuses and an international pressure to disown the reconciliation. Fateh cannot resist all these measures and this is clear in its history. The last example was its disownment of the results of the PLC elections in 2006 and the security chaos it created on the ground.

For Hamas, it cannot compromise any of its positions towards the security dossier because it believes that it is the legal representative for Palestinians and it got this legitimacy through resistance. This position was reinforced through the PLC elections. Hamas also believes that when Palestinians elected it, it means that they elected the programme of resistance. Therefore, it highly believes that any compromise about its position towards the programme of resistance will endanger its popularity.

In addition, Hamas which has not let down its weapons against the Israelis suffers from continuous detention of its affiliates by the Fateh security apparatuses which are loyal to the details of the Oslo Agreement. Hamas leaders repeatedly said that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all its prisoners in the PA jails. However, news about positive developments in the reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fateh, but early this week, Sami abu-Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, declared explicitly that there is no reconciliation without the freedom of all Hamas members in the PA jails.

The problem does not lie in the detention of prisoners in Palestinian jails, but in the details behind that, which will prove for the Israeli side that Fateh is really committed to a Palestinian reconciliation on the basis of halting cooperation and coordination in security issues.

So that, the shade of the security dossier will stay the main reason which undermines intra-Palestinian reconciliation until Fateh gets rid of its security obligations towards the Israelis or Hamas laydowns its weapons. Both assumptions are impossible. This means that Palestinian reconciliation is also impossible.

Writers condemn discrimination against African migrants in “Israel”

Africans live enduring racial discrimination in "Israel"

Africans live enduring racial discrimination in “Israel”

London, May 14, 2012

African migrants have been enduring serious racial discrimination in Israel, prompting Israeli writers to send a letter to the country’s Prime Minister. The signatories urged Benjamin Netanyahu to take immediate action to stop the violence, sedition, man-hunts and all other kinds of racial discrimination against Africans in Israel.

Headed “Love the Stranger”, the letter called on the government to change its policies towards African migrants.

“The country must adopt a new policy that allows a limited number of migrants and refugees who are not Jews,” the letter said, noting that most of the founders of the state of Israel themselves arrived as “refugees whose families suffered the same kind of sedition and discrimination by strangers.”

A significant number of prominent Israeli authors and prize winners signed the letter, including Amos Oz, Yehuda Power, Ahino’am Nini, Mordachi Krminster and Yoram Kanyoum. They told Israeli officials and the government that they cannot hide behind “the Israeli street”, members of the government coalition who practice sedition of the same kind as that carried out against Jews during the 1930s, and the interior minister who is responsible for “foreigners” and incites against them.

Copies of the letter were sent to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minster Netanyahu, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Head of the Supreme Court and spokespersons for the various political blocs in parliament.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu give what was effectively the green light for a “wave of aggression” against African workers and work-seeking migrants when he called them a “strategic danger to Israel”, and said that their flow to the country must be stopped.

At the same time, Mari Regeve, a Knesset member for the Likud Party, described African migrants as a “cancer in the body of Israel”, while Micheal Bin Aree, a Kahane Knesset member, said that they “bring diseases and epidemics to Israel”.

AIPAC pushes Senate bid to cut total number of Palestinian refugees

London, May 12, 2012

Palestinian refugees fleeing Israeli massacres in 1948

Palestinian refugees fleeing Israeli massacres in 1948

Capitol Hill in Washington was rocked late last month when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment requiring the State Department, for the first time, to do a “count” of Palestinian refugees.

Yes, count is very well, but what is meant by this new amendment??!

Of course, the amendment required the State Department to specify how many of the five million Palestinians who receive aid from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency are refugees who were personally displaced from their homes in 1948, and how many are descendants of those refugees.

This means that most Palestinian refugees will stop receiving relief helps from the UNRWA. Why? Because most of the refugees who deserve helps from the UNRWA, according to the new amendment, have died.

Is cheese a blacklisted product??! Let me know, please!

This is the proof of the crime? White cheese!

This is the proof of the crime? White cheese!

June 4, 2012, London
I don’t think that what is called the Israeli Army has the ethics of humanity at all. How? It’s clear through the target which its warplanes always drop tons of explosives that carry death and destruction for people, animals, buildings, infrastructure, nature and every sign of life.

I don’t know what’s the terrorist role does a cheese facto have? They bombarded it the first time, the second time and the third time and we don’t know what’s the reason behind that.

After the third time, a Maltese journalist asked me about the reason which makes the Israelis do that, and I answered: you can ask them because they themselves who carry out the dirty mission. He told me that they say that this is a weapon factory, not a cheese factory!!!
I told him then, that you have your own camera and you are a journalist! I beg you to take footages of what you see here and show it exactly to the world and tell them what exactly you have seen, too.

There, in the scene, was more than 5 tons of white cheese spread everywhere among the rubbles of the factory.

When that Maltese journalist told me what the Israelis think of our factory, we thought well with that. We expected that collaborators transmit false information because the doors of the factory are always closed and they expect that we mislead them.

Therefore, we rebuilt the factory and a different place and we had glass doors that everything still clear through them and at night we keep the lights on in order to be clear that there is nothing wrong done. So that, I don’t know now what’s the reason behind targeting it.

There is still only one reason. That Maltese journalist wrote a story about the factory after what he has seen with the title: “Don’t say cheese in Gaza.” Really, I am admired with the title and asked myself: may cheese is something sensitive the Israelis?

From that time until today, I am still waiting for someone to tell me the fact about that. Whether cheese is a blacklisted staff or not? If so, I hope that someone asks the Israelis to send a notice to my house saying that, and I promise, we will not, even think, of rebuilding the cheese factory in order not to harm the feelings of the Israeli brothers!!!

And the international community is still silent!!!

More than 100 Syrian were sluaghtered by the official Syrian army of Bashar al Asad

More than 100 Syrian were sluaghtered by the official Syrian army of Bashar al Asad

London, May 26, 2012

Syrian started their revolution against their dictator, Bashar al-Asad, more than one and a half year and they say that they are going to continue fighting him until he dies or quits.

During their strife against the dictator Bashar, thousands were killed and wounded, tens of thousands fled their homes to neighbour villages, towns and cities and also thousands fled to neighbouring countries.

News from inside the Syrian refugee camps say that no health care available and no food enough for them.

Massacres are being carried out in a daily basis. The latest was at Al Hula town in which more than 100 person were slaughtered worse than cattle. More than half of them were children and women.


All of this became normal daily news. A lot of people and politicians used to change from news to entertainment channels when the Syrian news is broadcasted. Yes, they are right. Similar everyday news. Bravo Bashar, go ahead.

Kofi Anan mission just wasting time and giving a apace to the media to report instead of reporting the news of the massacres of Bashar al-Asad

Kofi Anan mission just wasting time and giving a apace to the media to report instead of reporting the news of the massacres of Bashar al-Asad

Exactly, that what do they mean. Otherwise, what have they done to stop him. It is easy to know and it is clear. United Nations meeting, condemnation and fact finding committees. Thanks a lot. Is that a solution or a green card for more massacres?

I don’t know, exactly! When they Libyans rebelled against Mu’amar al-Gadhafi, they announced Libya a no-flying zone, then they attacked directly the Gadhafi military facilities and then his compound. They helped the rebellions till they get rid of their dictators.

Of course, there in Libya the best oil reserves in the world and Libya is far from their pampered baby, Israel. However, Syria has no oil and is adjacent to their pampered baby. So that, there are some reasons to keep this dictator alive and in control.

Why not this is not true? Is not this regime which implicitly conceded the Golan Heights to the Israelis? Isn’t it which has protected the Israeli borders for decades? Isn’t and isn’t and isn’t???

I don’t want anyone to say that the fact finding committee and the observers are a solution and that all what the international community can do! If so, you can give me an answer for what I said about Libya and an answer to what Ban-ki-Moon said.

UN secretary general said that the size of the massacres in Syria proves that there are terrorist organisations that carry out them. This means that he justifies the situation of the dictator Bashar and his regime.

Hilary Clinton, the US secretary of state, says that she is afraid of a huge internal civil war. It means that she gives free hand for the dictator Bashar and his regime to go on killing innocents and innocents have to surrender and say these are our nicks under your knives. Woooooww. That the equation!!!

This is the effort of the international community! Human rights declaration, Geneva conventions, Roma treaties, etc… Shit on all of that which is used by the way the big powers desire!!! Shit on the freedom slogans the big powers raise!!! Shit on the Arabs and the Muslims who are consent to live under the mercy of those powers.

More than 100 Syrian were sluaghtered by the official Syrian army of Bashar al Asad

More than 100 Syrian were sluaghtered by the official Syrian army of Bashar al Asad

Israeli occupation wounds a Palestinian minor

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

London, May 20, 2012

A Palestinian minor was seriously injured by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank of Palestine Sunday morning.

The 17 year old minor known as Salah al-Zagheer, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem was seriously injured when the Israeli occupation forces shot him from a very close distance.

It is said by witnesses that he was shot while speaking with the Israelis occupation soldiers at Etzion Israeli checkpoint, west of Bethlehem.

At the beginning, Al Zagheer was believed dead as he was shot from a very close distance and he was not offered medical first aid directly. “He was left on the ground while some occupation soldiers humiliated him,” witnesses told reports.

The 17 year old citizen was handed an interrogation notice by the Israeli security at his home and he went to the interrogation interview next day. He was shot at the first Israeli checkpoint he passed across his way.

Israeli soldiers said that they have shot him because they thought that he was carrying a knife.

“Damn this pretext to kill an innocent child”

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.


Palestinian Governments, Stop blackmailing us

Meshal and Abba

Meshal and Abba

Motasem A Dalloul, London

Every small or big country on this earth has one government, but some tiny countries have more than one. Palestine has two separate governments on two separate spaces of lands.

OK, I will agree on that and keep silent, but to have both of these governments help my fellow citizens and me. I am not looking at how these governments deal with the Israeli occupation. I am looking at how I am living and how any of these governments offer its services for me and for other citizens, for our children.

When a citizen votes for a certain government, he votes for the one, which he sees, it will achieve the best degree of welfare for him and will improve his life. He does not vote for a government that makes his life difficult and blackmail him and his livelihood and makes him unsafe at his home.

Palestinians lived under the sovereignty of the secularists for 13 years and in 2006 voted for the Islamists in order to see new faces that may get red of the enduring corruption and improve their economic situation. They were tempted by the moderate ideology of the Islamists.

However, the Islamists thought that they won the election that time because of their ideology not because of the desire of the Palestinians to change. Therefore, they went on imposing their policies on the ground. They tried to impose the scarf for women, to prevent naked dummies in clothes shops, invigilate beaches and so on.

Unfortunately, they gave little attention to the livelihood and the main interests of the citizens who have chosen them. They, presumably, have forgotten that citizens who have given them the opportunity to rule not their power or their authority.

During the rule of the Islamists, Palestinians experienced a strict Israelis siege, an unprecedented division between the two already separated parts of the Palestinian territories and an Israeli war that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 and wounded thousands.

During their rule, Gaza residents suffered a strict siege. They do not have enough food, enough electricity or clean water. They cannot travel freely. If I want to write more and more about how the Palestinians are suffering after the Islamists ruled them, I am able to write a book.

The question is: whether you, Islamists and even the secularists, solve our problems and afford us a kind of decent life or you have to quit as soon as possible and give us a chance to choose a new government.



An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator


An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank

An Israeli police dog bites a Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank

Israeli occupation forces released a police dog to chase Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddoum on Friday afternoon.

Photos and video footage showed a Palestinian demonstrator who was bleeding, trying to free himself from the jaws of the wild police dog, but, unfortunately, he couldn’t.

It is shown also that the Israeli soldiers had refused to let other demonstrators to help him.

The man was known as Amed Shatwi. Witnesses told Maan that he was offered first aid treatment on the ground and then was taken to prison.

Earlier on Friday morning, the Israeli occupation forces ended another demonstration at Al Nabi Saleh village. More than 40 demonstrators were reported lightly wounded after being shot by sewage water with a foul smell.