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"They Have Decided Upon Cold-Blooded Murder"

GUSH SHALOM | 12.09.2003 21:41 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | World

Let no one be fooled by the talk of 'deportation'. There
is no intention that Arafat will survive the encounter with Sharon's

"The government of Israel has tonight resolved to commit a cold- blooded murder, with the implementation deferred - the cold blooded murder of the elected president of the Palestinians. Let there be no mistake about it. Let no one be fooled by the talk of 'deportation'. There is no intention that Arafat will survive the encounter with Sharon's soldiers. I know Sharon, I have followed his career for decades, ever since he was a young commando officer carrying out brutal cross- border raids. He has not changed in any essential, only in the amount of power held in his hands. He means to do it, he means to kill Arafat.
He will watch for his chance, wait for a moment when the Americans look elsewhere - and then he will pounce." That was the immediate
response by Uri Avnery, former member of the Israeli Parliament and est Member and veteran activist of Gush Shalom (The Israeli Peace Bloc). "The cabinet ministers of the Government of Israel have tonight adopted an ominous, criminal decision, whose implementation would entail rivers of shed blood - far beyond all the horrors we have already
seen in the past three years. The effects will spread far beyond the confines of this country - throughout the region and the world. The ministers who raised their hands for this infamous resolution will never be able to shake of responsibility for what they have done".

Avnery - spry and energetic, two days after his eightieth birthday had been marked at hundreds of political and personal friends packing the Tzavta Hall in Tel-Aviv - said these ominous words at the peak of an hours-long vigil opposite the gates of the defense ministry in Tel-Aviv,
the place Sharon had chosen to gather the members of his Inner Cabinet. For hours we have been tensely waiting - more than a hundred Tel-Avivian activists of Gush Shalom, Ta'ayush and smaller groups, among them also the former KM Tamar Gozansli, as well as a similar number of Jerusalemites at a simultaneous vigil outside the Prime
Minster's office - until we heard the cabinet's ominous decision on a squeaking small transistor radio.

Israeli peace activists seem doomed to spend a portion of
their lives on that dismal small parking lot, coming again and again to manifest protest at ever more outrageous acts of the government and army - but this time was different. This time we had the knowledge that in one of the official buildings behind the fence on the other side of the
street, a small group of men was at that very moment gathered to take life-and-death decisions - and we, whose own lives might be directly affected, had no confidence whatsoever in their motives or their judgment. This lent an extra electric quality to the atmosphere, the feeling of being actors in in vast tragedy - an extra poignancy to the
ongoing chanting from young and not-so youngthroats: "Sharon, Mofaz and Ya'alon -terrorists in power!" / "All the ministers - are war criminals!" / "Down with the Occupation!" / "Sharon, Sharon, the Hague is waiting for you!" / " Jewish - Arab Brotherhood!" / "Peace Yes - Occupation NO, NO, NO!".

Over all fluttered a big banner bearing a long series of words:
Liquidation>Suicide Bombing>Liquidation>Suicide

And now what? The Americans blocked Sharon from sending his
troops into the Palestinian presidential compound already last night - as according to some press accounts he planned to do. But how much reliance can be placed on the Bush Administration - which itself engaged more than once in adventurous, ill-considered and ill-fated decisions? For us, at least, the immediate idea is to organize a visit of
our own to Arafat's compound - not a visitation of death and destruction such as Sharon is planning, but a visit of solidarity, of belief in the peace between this land's two peoples, a peace which is still possible and which is more then ever a vital need.

Stay tuned for further developments (for further info call Uri Avnery

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So fucking what?

13.09.2003 18:55

Arafat, the Father of Modern Terrorism, the Puppetmaster of Genocide, is responsible for the deaths of:

THOUSANDS of unarmed, peaceful Israeli civilians
THOUSANDS of unarmed, peaceful Palestinian civilians
HUNDREDS of arabs who threatened his power and were lynched as 'traitors'
HUNDREDS of internationals who were not involved in the conflict in any way

Who sheds a tear for Hitler, Mengele, Stalin, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan?

Arafat will be dead before the end of the year, and the world will be a better place for it. Arafat is the 21st century's foremost Nazi war criminal.

die, arafat, die!

Some mistake here

13.09.2003 21:47

'Arafat is the 21st century's foremost Nazi war criminal.'
Didn't you mean to say Sharon, or Bush, or Blair?
Arafat, like Hamas, is just a Shin Bet/Mossad asset in some way is he not. At this time he may prove better dead than alive. It may eventually in some long shot way justify Israel's bombing of Iranian nuclear utilities in times to come....



13.09.2003 22:08

Why the support for the fascist Islamic dictatorship of Iran?

die, arafat, die!

Give out crap

14.09.2003 01:51

It's a global fascist dictatorship we're facing. Dont give me that Islamism shit
They're just mostly tools of the Central Authority


Female Bond with a story to sell

14.09.2003 02:21

Nima Zamar, a trained killer for Mossad, believed that she
was eliminating 'real filth'. And that is exactly what she
writes in her book, although Israel would like to call her
a fantasist.


A POWERFUL handshake is probably standard for professional
killers who dispatch victims with their bare hands.

Yet the vigorous grip is a surprise when you meet Nima
Zamar, a 33-year-old French woman who has just gone public
with an account of life as an agent with a licence to kill
for the Israeli secret service, Mossad.

Though tall and muscular, Zamar has soft eyes, a quiet
voice and trim black hair. She laughs easily, but has a
fragile air about her. She could almost be any fit young
French woman as she chats in a Left Bank room with her 18-
month-old daughter playing nearby.

However, average Parisiennes do not usually tell you about
strangling, knifing and shooting people or how they cope
with torture. "Even when you have no barrier of conscience
because you are defending yourself or killing real filth"
she says "you notice that the moment that every human being
dies, they have an instant of realisation, a sort of
childlike flash.

"At that moment you understand that life is beautiful.
Something very precious. But that doesn't stop you trying
to save your own life."

The tale of Zamar which is not her real name is the
stuff of nightmares or the darkest of thrillers. To
exorcise demons, she has just recounted her life in a book,
Je Devais Aussi Tuer (I Also Had to Kill). The work is
making a splash in Paris, but it is so grim that some media
are calling it fiction.

Others are taking her at her word, as well as that of Albin
Michel, her highly respectable publishers. Thierry Pfister,
her editor and a prominent figure on the literary scene, is
vouching for the truth of her account. He has known Zamar,
whose family were Romanian-Jewish immigrants, since she was
a small child.

Zamar claims that after emigrating to Israel at 22 with a
computing degree, she volunteered for military service. She
was coerced by a branch of Mossad into two years of
training which included Arabic, killing techniques and
conditioning for life under cover and torture. She then
spent six years in the guise of a Swiss-reared Palestinian
deep in the dirty war in the ranks of the the terrorist
organisation Hezbollah.

On undercover missions to bug Syrian military computers in
Lebanon, she was often called upon to kill, in self defence
and sometimes in cold blood. She committed her first murder
at a Hezbollah camp in Libya. She was ordered by the
officers to kill Yasmina, a fellow trainee with whom she
had sympathised.

This was a standard test to forge obedience and dehumanise
recruits. She kills Yasmina without compunction, telling
herself that every dead terrorist meant Israeli lives
saved. "Slowly, I move behind her, hit her in the throat =
with a violent blow of the forearm and then strangle her.
She lies dead in my arms. I put her on the ground," she

What does it take for a woman to put another so calmly to
death, one wonders. "They had prepared me intensely and
warned me that there would be this kind of test," she says

"I did what I had to do. It was always a case of life and
death and saving my skin. It's like war must have been
1,000 years ago. There's someone opposite you and there
will only be one winner, the one who kills."

In the book, she describes her many other victims in
similar terms, noting details such as cleaning the flesh
off a "useful" foldable knife after the murder of a
terrorist official. Women are, she says are perhaps better
killers than men because they are less dominated by ego and
more willing to serve humbly in the shadows without glory
or recognition. They may also withstand pain better. She
gives blood-curdling accounts of torture during several
spells of captivity at the hands of the Syrians and of a
Russian officer who uses agonising chemical methods.

Her daredevil escapes are the most unlikely episodes. "In
absolute extremity, you find the energy," she says when
challenged."For me it was a sort of chutzpah. I survived.
And the Arabs are not very efficient."

Disillusioned by the rigid and over-demanding methods of
Mossad, Zamar says that she left for France in early 2001,
escaping a murder attempt with a syringe by a fellow agent
at Istanbul airport. He does not survive. Her book, she
says, is a way to bear witness and leave an account for her
daughter, whose father was a comrade killed on a mission in

She renounces none of her acts nor her love of Israel.
"What I wanted to show is the workings of a creaking,
archaic system and how someone with determination could
extract themselves from it, both mentally and physically
without giving up their ideals or their values," she says.

Zamar, who masks her face for photographs and television,
says that her former masters have let her go. They
initially approved the idea of her book but sent back a
censored version of the manuscript, reduced to a bare
outline. "They were fine as long as I didn't talk about
training or missions and that I was a bit more positive
about Israel," she said.,,,,,