Israel’s brutality: cold and calculated

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To no one’s surprise but to the horror of many, Israel is using the September carnage in the U.S. as an excuse to escalate its war on Palestine via intensified invasions, assassinations, home demolitions, and village lock-downs. These provoke Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, a “justification” for even greater Israeli terrorism.

The spiral of hostility is no accident, but a cynical, end-game strategy by the Sharon government — which demands police action from the Palestinian Authority while simultaneously bombing its facilities.

In the U.S., September 11 had a sudden, disorienting effect on what was a growing pro-Palestinian movement. And, as the government began rounding up hundreds of Arabs and Middle Easterners, the “antiterrorist” witchhunt intimidated some antiwar campaigners into putting the plight of Palestinians on the back burner.

But Israel can continue on its brutal course only because, and as long as, its policies serve U.S. interests in the region and are propped up by massive U.S. aid. The determined opposition of U.S. activists, therefore, is crucial.

The tenacious and deadly connection between the U.S. and Israel means that the U.S. antiwar and justice-for-Palestine movements, too, are linked. They can each be invigorated by joining forces, giving courage and heart one to the other. And the sooner they do so, the better for all of the people of the Middle East.

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