From: Mazin Qumsiyeh <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Subject: [AM] War crimes and Zio-Nazi crimes

1) "LEARNING FROM THE NAZIS?": Gush Shalom ad published in Haaretz, February
1,
2002

2) Haaretz: High Court rejects appeals against assassination policy (i.e.
Israel's high court approves contravening the Fourth Geneva Convention and
other
applicable conventions on war crimes)

3) San Francisco Bay Guardian: Voce President Cheney Made Millions Off Oil
Deals
with Saddam Hussein (An old article but relevant considering the Enron and
other
debacles and the rush to tackle Iraq).

Web address worth checking: Media Monitors Network (MMN)
http://mediamonitors.net
or http://216.71.207.129/mmn/

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
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LEARNING FROM THE NAZIS?

The following lines appeared last Friday, January 25, 2002, in Haaretz, in
an
article by the respected military correspondent Amir Oren:

"In order to prepare properly for the next campaign, one of the Israeli
officers
in the (occupied) territories said not long ago, itís justified and in fact
essential to learn from every possible source. If the mission will be to
seize a
densely populated refugee camp, or take over the casbah in Nablus, and if
the
commanderís obligation is to try to execute the mission without casualties
on
either side, then we must first analyze and internalize the lessons of
earlier
battles - even, however shocking it may sound, even how the German army
fought
in the Warsaw ghetto."

If this officer believes that the casbah of Nablus resembles the Warsaw
ghetto,
who, in his mind, resemble the officers of the Israeli army?

Peres: You Bear Responsibility for War Crimes!

Today, at 2.30 pm, we shall hold a vigil at the home of the Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister in Ramat-Aviv:

Short is the Way from Oslo to The Hague!

Gush Shalom ad published in Haaretz February 1, 2002

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High Court rejects appeals against assassination policy
By Moshe Reinfeld
Haaretz
January 30, 2002

The High Court of Justice yesterday rejected three petitions seeking
to stop the government's policy of assassinating Palestinian
militants on grounds that the court does not usually render rulings
on security matters.

The petitions were submitted by the chairman of the Hadash faction,
MK Mohammed Barakeh; Siham Thabet, widow of Dr. Thabet Thabet who
was assassinated in the West Bank in December 2000; the Public
Committee Against Torture and the Palestinian Society for the
Protection of Human Rights and the Environment.

The petitioners asked the court for a temporary restraining order to
bar the government from authorizing "executions without trial" of
Palestinians, arguing that an assassination policy was blatantly
illegal.

In a sharp exchange with Barakeh's lawyer, Justice Eliyahu Mazza
said, "There is such a thing called terror, which is the enemy of
all of humanity."

"Who is to determine who is a terrorist?" retorted lawyer Naila
Atiya.

"Certainly not the High Court. There has to be cause for us to
intervene," he replied.

"But there is also a right to life," pressed the lawyer.

"Tell that to all those who send terrorists to pedestrian malls and
to the Dolphinarium," interjected Justice Mishael Cheshin, while
Mazza added: "What do you want, that the defense minister receive
authorization from the High Court before every targeted elimination?
This matter is not justiciable."

The decision not to intervene is in keeping with the traditional stance of
the
High Court over security matters.

The petitioners argued that all those participating in the assassinations
are
breaking international legal norms and that this policy could rapidly lead
to
war crimes. They added that the assassinations are carried out based on
intelligence information of questionable credibility that is not subject to
judicial review.

The petitioners added that, as there is no death penalty in Israel, if the
Palestinians had been brought to trial in Israel, they would not have been
killed, even if convicted of the worst offenses.

They also argued that the assassination policy only escalates the level of
violence. Barakeh noted that after the killing of Thabet a group of
Palestinians
decided to seek revenge and shot dead two Israeli civilians. Israel has
acknowledged carrying out 21 assassinations.
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Redux:  Cheney Made Millions Off Oil Deals with Hussein

http://www.sfbg.com/reality/04.html

San Francisco Bay Guardian
November 13, 2000
by Martin A. Lee

Here's a whopper of a story you may have missed amid the
cacophony of campaign ads and stump speeches in the run-
up to the elections.

During former defense secretary Richard Cheney's five-year
tenure as chief executive of Halliburton, Inc., his oil
services firm raked in big bucks from dubious commercial
dealings with Iraq. Cheney left Halliburton with a $34
million retirement package last July when he became the
GOP's vice-presidential candidate.

Of course, U.S. firms aren't generally supposed to do
business with Saddam Hussein. But thanks to legal loopholes
large enough to steer an oil tanker through, Halliburton
profited big-time from deals with the Iraqi dictatorship.
Conducted discreetly through several Halliburton
subsidiaries in Europe, these greasy transactions helped
Saddam Hussein retain his grip on power while lining the
pockets of Cheney and company.

According to the Financial Times of London, between
September 1988 and last winter, Cheney, as CEO of
Halliburton, oversaw $23.8 million of business contracts
for the sale of oil-industry equipment and services to Iraq
through two of its subsidiaries, Dresser Rand and
Ingersoll-Dresser Pump, which helped rebuild Iraq's
war-damaged petroleum-production infrastructure. The
combined value of these contracts exceeded those of any
other U.S. company doing business with Baghdad.

Halliburton was among more than a dozen American firms that
supplied Iraq's petroleum industry with spare parts and
retooled its oil rigs when U.N. sanctions were eased in
1998. Cheney's company utilized subsidiaries in France,
Italy, Germany, and Austria so as not to draw undue
attention to controversial business arrangements that might
embarrass Washington and jeopardize lucrative ties to Iraq,
which will pump $24 billion of petrol under the
U.N.-administered oil-for-food program this year. Assisted
by Halliburton, Hussein's government will earn another $1
billion by illegally exporting oil through black-market
channels.

With Cheney at the helm since 1995, Halliburton quickly
grew into America's number-one oil-services company, the
fifth-largest military contractor, and the biggest nonunion
employer in the nation. Although Cheney claimed that the
U.S. government "had absolutely nothing to do" with his
firm's meteoric financial success, State Department
documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate that
U.S. officials helped Halliburton secure major contracts in
Asia and Africa. Halliburton now does business in 130
countries and employs more than 100,000 workers worldwide.

Its 1999 income was a cool $15 billion.

In addition to Iraq, Halliburton counts among its business
partners several brutal dictatorships that have committed
egregious human rights abuses, including the hated military
regime in Burma (Myanmar).

EarthRights, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights
watchdog, condemned Halliburton for two energy-pipeline
projects in Burma that led to the forced relocation of
villages, rape, murder, indentured labor, and other crimes
against humanity.

A full report (this is a 45 page pdf file - there is also a
brief summary) on the Burma connection, "Halliburton's
Destructive Engagement," can be accessed on EarthRights'
Web site

Human rights activists have also criticized Cheney's
company for its questionable role in Algeria, Angola,
Bosnia, Croatia, Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia, Indonesia, and
other volatile trouble spots. In Russia, Halliburton's
partner, Tyumen Oil, has been accused of committing massive
fraud to gain control of a Siberian oil field.

And in oil-rich Nigeria, Halliburton worked with Shell and
Chevron, which were implicated in gross human rights
violations and environmental calamities in that country.
Indeed, Cheney's firm increased its involvement in the
Niger Delta after the military government executed several
ecology activists and crushed popular protests against the
oil industry.

Halliburton also had business dealings in Iran and Libya,
which remain on the State Department's list of terrorist
states. Brown and Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, was fined
$3.8 million for reexporting U.S. goods to Libya in
violation of U.S. sanctions.

But in terms of sheer hypocrisy, Halliburton's relationship
with Saddam Hussein is hard to top. What's more, Cheney
lied about his company's activities in Iraq when
journalists fleetingly raised the issue during the
campaign.

Questioned by Sam Donaldson on ABC's This Week program in
August, Cheney bluntly asserted that Halliburton had no
dealings with the Iraqi regime while he was on board.

Donaldson: I'm told, and correct me if I'm wrong, that
Halliburton, through subsidiaries, was actually trying to
do business in Iraq?

Cheney: No. No. I had a firm policy that I wouldn't do
anything in Iraq even arrangements that were supposedly
legal.

And that was it! ABC News and the other U.S. networks
dropped the issue like a hot potato. As damning information
about Halliburton surfaced in the European press, American
reporters stuck to old routines and took their cues on how
to cover the campaign from the two main political parties,
both of which had very little to say about official U.S.
support for abusive corporate policies at home and abroad.

But why, in this instance, didn't the Democrats stomp and
scream about Cheney's Iraq connection? The Gore campaign
undoubtedly knew of Halliburton's smarmy business dealings
from the get-go.

Gore and Lieberman could have made hay about how the
wannabe GOP veep had been in cahoots with Saddam. Such
explosive revelations may well have swayed voters and
boosted Gore's chances in what was shaping up to be a close
electoral contest.

The Democratic standard-bearers dropped the ball in part
because Halliburton's conduct was generally in accordance
with the foreign policy of the Clinton administration.
Cheney is certainly not the only Washington mover and
shaker to have been affiliated with a company trading in
Iraq. Former CIA Director John Deutsch, who served in a
Democratic administration, is a member of the board of
directors of Schlumberger, the second-largest U.S.
oil-services company, which also does business through
subsidiaries in Iraq.

Despite occasional rhetorical skirmishes, a bipartisan
foreign-policy consensus prevails on Capital Hill, where
the commitment to human rights, with a few notable
exceptions, is about as deep as an oil slick.

Truth be told, trading with the enemy is a time-honored
American corporate practice or perhaps "malpractice" would
be a more appropriate description of big-business ties to
repressive regimes.

Given that Saddam Hussein, the pariah du jour, has often
been compared to Hitler, it's worth pointing out that
several blue-chip U.S. firms profited from extensive
commercial dealings with Nazi Germany.

Shockingly, some American companies =96 including Standard
Oil, Ford, ITT, GM, and General Electric secretly kept
trading with the Nazi enemy while American soldiers fought
and died during World War II.

Today General Electric is among the companies that are back
in business with Saddam Hussein, even as American jets and
battleships attack Iraq on a weekly basis using weapons
made by G.E. But the United Nations sanctions committee,
dominated by U.S. officials, has routinely blocked
medicines and other essential items from being delivered to
Iraq through the oil-for-food program, claiming they have a
potential military "dual use." These sanctions have taken a
terrible toll on ordinary Iraqis, and on children in
particular, while the likes of Halliburton and G.E.
continue to lubricate their coffers.




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