It's ironic that the
man who personified the Palestinian movement was neither born in the region it
claims, nor conforms to his own organization's definition of Palestinian
identity. Yassir Arafat, whose real name is Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat
al-Qudwa al-Husseini, was born in August 1929 in Cairo, son of an Egyptian
textile merchant. He was sent to Jerusalem as a small child after his mother
died, then returned to Egypt via Gaza.
Throughout his career, Arafat's
Egyptian background was a political impediment and source of personal
notes that upon first meeting him in 1967, 'West
Bankers did not like his Egyptian accent and ways and found them alien,' and to
the very end Arafat employed an aide to translate his Egyptian dialect into
Palestinian Arabic for conversing with his West Bank and Gaza subjects.
As a young man, Arafat took no part in the formative experience of the
Palestinian movement - the 1948 Arab-Israeli war - but he would nonetheless
claim refugee status throughout his life: 'I am a refugee,' he cried out in a
1969 interview, 'Do you know what it means to be a refugee? I am a poor and
helpless man. I have nothing, for I was expelled and dispossessed of my
homeland.' (Arafat's congenital lying
would continue for decades.)
FATAH AND THE PLO
In the mid-1950s, Arafat
joined the Muslim Brotherhood
in Egypt, then rose to the head of the Palestine
Student Union at the University of Cairo. In the late 1950s Arafat moved to
Kuwait, where he co-founded Fatah ('Palestine National Liberation Movement' - an
acronym meaning 'conquest'), the faction that would later gain control over the
entire Palestinian movement. Fatah's motley ranks of Islamists, communists and
pan-Arabists expanded via brute violence. 'People aren't attracted to speeches,
but rather to bullets,' Arafat quipped at this stage.
Fatah began military-style training in
Syria and Algeria in 1964, and the following year tried unsuccessfully to blow
up a major Israeli water pump. Fatah's stated goal was the obliteration of the
State of Israel, and well before the 1967 war would supply a pretext, Arafat's
organization repeatedly attacked Israeli buses, homes, villages and rail lines.
This violence against Israeli civilians was a pillar of the Palestinian
(the foundational charter of the Palestinian Liberation
Organization - PLO), which states that 'the liberation of Palestine will destroy
the Zionist and imperialist presence' and that 'armed struggle is the only way
to liberate Palestine and is therefore a strategy and not a tactic.' (Despite
repeated Palestinian commitments in the late 1990s to annul these sections of
the covenant, it was never officially changed.)
Arafat's public profile
got a boost in 1968, when the IDF raided a Fatah terrorist stronghold in the
Jordanian village of al-Karameh. The uniformed, keffiyah-clad Arafat took this
opportunity to project himself as a fearless Arab leader who, despite the
post-Six Day War gloom, dared to confront the Israelis. The image stuck, and
Fatah's numbers swelled with new recruits.
Arafat and Fatah consolidated
power through bribery, extortion and murder, and at the Palestinian National
Congress in Cairo in February 1969, Arafat was appointed head of the PLO - a
position he would never relinquish. JORDAN, LEBANON AND
By the late 1960s, heavily-armed, Arafat-led
Palestinians had formed a terrorist 'state within a state' in Jordan, not only
attacking Israeli civilian targets, but also seizing control of Jordanian
The tension reached a height during late 1970, when
Jordan's King Hussein cracked down on the Palestinian factions. During this
bloody conflict, known as 'Black September'
, Palestinians hijacked four Western
airliners and blew one up on a Cairo runway, to both
embarrass the Egyptians and Jordanians and, in their words, 'teach the Americans
a lesson for their long-standing support of Israel.' With the broad publicity
this generated, Arafat had hit the world stage.
When King Hussein drove
Arafat's faction out of his Jordanian kingdom (causing thousands of civilian
deaths), they relocated in Lebanon. As in Jordan, Arafat soon triggered a bloody
civil war in his previously stable host country. Simultaneously, the PLO
launched intermittent attacks on Israeli towns from southern Lebanese positions.
Yassir Arafat then brought the high-profile terrorist act to western
soil. In Sept. 1972, Fatah-backed terrorists kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli
athletes at the Munich Olympic games. And in 1973, Arafat ordered his operatives
in the Khartoum, Sudan office of Fatah to abduct and murder US Ambassador Cleo
Noel and two other diplomats. (In 2004, the FBI finally opened an official
investigation against Arafat for the Khartoum murders.)
violence fueled Arafat's political goals, as his presence on the world stage
grew: In 1974, he became the first representative of a nongovernmental
organization to address a plenary session of the UN General Assembly (pictured
at left) In the speech
, with a gun holster strapped to his hip, Arafat compared
himself to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Arab heads of states declared
the PLO the sole legitimate representative of all Palestinians, the PLO was
granted full membership in the Arab League in 1976, and by 1980 was fully
recognized by European nations.
In 1978-82, the IDF invaded Lebanon to
root out PLO groups that had continually terrorized the northern Israeli
populace. The U.S. brokered a cease-fire deal in which Arafat and the PLO were
allowed to leave Lebanon; Arafat and the PLO leadership eventually settled in
Tunisia, which remained his center of operations until 1993.
1980s, Arafat received financial assistance from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein,
which allowed him to rebuild the battered PLO. This was particularly useful
during the first Palestinian intifada
in 1987 - Arafat took control of the
violence from afar, and it was mainly due to Fatah forces in the West Bank that
the anti-Israel terror and civil unrest could be maintained. Arafat would then
become nearly the only world leader to support Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf
War. (Saddam would later repay this loyalty by sending $25,000 checks to
families of Palestinian suicide bombers.) THE PALESTINIAN
In the early 1990s, the U.S. led Israel and the PLO
to negotiations that spawned the 1993 Oslo Accords
an agreement that called for
the implementation of Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over
a five-year period. The following year Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
along with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.
In 1994, Arafat moved his
headquarters to the West Bank and Gaza to run the Palestinian Authority, an
entity created by the Oslo Accords. Arafat brought with him from Tunisia an
aging PLO leadership that would bolster his ongoing monopoly over all
Palestinian funds, power and authority. Elections in 1996 extended Arafat's
control over the PA, but under the Oslo agreement, the term of that candidacy
ended in 1999. Arafat never allowed new elections to take place.
Israel went about implementing its side of the Oslo agreements - removing troops
from nearly all Palestinian areas, recognizing the PA, and educating for peace -
the PA utterly failed to live up to its commitment to renounce and uproot
anti-Israel terrorism. Instead, unprecedented incitement
from Arafat's official
PA media and school textbooks, and active and passive PA support for terrorist
groups led to a string of suicide bombings in the mid-1990s that killed scores
of Israeli civilians. In October, 1996, at the height of the Oslo years, Arafat
cried out to a Bethlehem crowd, 'We know only one word - jihad! Jihad, jihad,
jihad! Whoever does not like it can drink from the Dead Sea or from the Sea of
Gaza.' (See HonestReporting.com's documentary film, Relentless
In July 2000, U.S. president Bill Clinton attempted to keep the
Oslo Accords viable by convening a summit at Camp David between Arafat and
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. There, Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian
state in Gaza and 92% of the West Bank, and a capital in East Jerusalem - the
most generous offer ever from an Israeli government. Yassir Arafat rejected the
offer and ended negotiations without a counteroffer. As American envoy Dennis
, 'Arafat could not accept Camp David ... because when the conflict
ends, the cause that defines Arafat also ends.'
this breakdown, the PA media machine under Arafat's control ramped up the war
rhetoric, and preparations were made for riots that were unleashed following
Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount. The Arafat-supported 'al Aqsa
intifada' [or second intifada
] would continue for four years. This unprecedented wave of anti-Israel
terrorism, which would result in over 1,000 Israeli deaths, was marked by over
120 Palestinian suicide bombers and the growth of an Islamic martyrdom cult.
This stage of violence revealed that Arafat and the PA had never
abandoned their longstanding plans to liquidate the Jewish state. Arafat had
told an Arab audience in Stockholm in 1996
, 'We plan to eliminate the State of
Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable
for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion ... We Palestinians
will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.'
explained to a South African crowd in 1994 that the Oslo agreement was merely a
tactical ruse in the larger battle to destroy the Jewish state - a modern
version of the Muslim prophet Mohammed's trickery against the ancient tribe of
Quraysh. Arafat's colleague Faisal al-Husseini was even more explicit,
describing the Oslo process as a 'Trojan Horse' designed to promote the strategic goal of 'Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea'
- that is, a Palestine in place of Israel.
TERRORIST TO THE END
The final phase in Arafat's life-long commitment to organized
terror was channeled through the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade
, a Fatah group that
was responsible for many of the most deadly attacks against Israeli civilians
between 2000-2004. Though many media outlets described a mere 'loose
' between Arafat and this terrorist group
, the evidence clearly
indicated a direct financial and organizational bond between the two:
* In November, 2003 a BBC investigation found that up to $50,000 a month was
funneled by Fatah, with Arafat's approval,
directly to the Al Aqsa Brigades, for the purpose of organizing bombings,
snipings and ambushes against Israeli civilians.
* Documents captured by
the IDF in 2002 indicated Fatah's 'systematic, institutionalized and ongoing
financing' of the Al Aqsa Brigades. (See full report from Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
* The leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in Tulkarm told USA Today on March
14, 2002: 'The truth is, we are Fatah, but we didn't operate under the name of
Fatah...We are the armed wing of the organization. We receive our instructions
from Fatah. Our commander is Yasser Arafat himself.'
In addition, Arafat
granted free rein to the radical Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic
Jihad to perpetrate dozens of horrific acts of civilian murder between
2000-2004. [At left: Arafat with Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, 2003]
In January 2002, the Israeli Navy seized a Gaza-bound, PA-owned freighter
- that was loaded
with more than fifty tons of Iranian ammunition and weapons, including dozens of
surface-to-surface Katyusha rockets.
In June 2002, upon recognizing Arafat's ongoing financing and abetting of terrorism,
U.S. President Bush called for Arafat's removal from power
. Progress toward
peace required, according to Bush, 'a new and different Palestinian
leadership...not compromised by terror.' Release of a U.S.-backed
settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was therefore delayed until such a new
Palestinian leader emerged. On its part, the Israeli government chose to isolate
Arafat in his Ramallah compound, the 'Muqata', where he would remain from early
2002 until his final days, and where his burial is expected to occur.
April 2003, hours after Mahmoud Abbas assumed the role of Palestinian prime
minister, the official road map was released and diplomatic progress began. But
Arafat consistently undercut the authority of Abbas, leading to Abbas'
resignation and the halting of the road map peace process.
CORRUPTION, AUTOCRACY, JIHAD
Over the course of
his 'revolutionary' career, Arafat siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars
of international aid money intended to reach the Palestinian people.
Estimates of the degree of Arafat's wealth differ, but are all
staggering: In 2003, Forbes magazine listed Arafat in its annual list of the
wealthiest 'Kings, Queens and Despots,' with a fortune of 'at least $300
million.' Israeli and US officials estimate Arafat's personal holdings between
And while the average Palestinian barely subsisted,
Arafat's wife Suha (at left) in Paris received $100,000 each month from PA
sources as reported on CBS' 60 Minutes. That CBS report also noted that Arafat
maintained secret investments in a Ramallah-based Coca Cola plant, a Tunisian
cellphone company, and venture capital funds in the U.S. and the Cayman Islands.
Arafat also used foreign aid funds to pay off cronies who bolstered his
autocracy: An International Monetary Fund report indicated that upwards of 8%
($135 million) of the PA's annual budget was handed out by Arafat 'at his sole
discretion.' And Arafat's select PA policemen, far from keeping the peace, were
repeatedly among the suicide bombers and snipers.
Money was just one
method of strengthening Arafat's power apparatus. Critics of his PA government
were routinely imprisoned, tortured or beaten. One example: In 1999, Muawiya
Al-Masri, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, described Arafat's
corruption to a Jordanian newspaper. For this, he was attacked by a gang of
masked men and shot three times. Al-Masri survived the ordeal and described
Arafat's grip on PA power: 'There is no institutional process. There is only one
institution - the Presidency, which has no law and order and is based on bribing
From 2000-2004, Arafat permitted Muslim imams to incite unprecedented anti-Israel and anti-American violence from their mosques and
through official PA media.
Arafat's Religious Affairs Ministry employed preachers who regularly called for children to 'martyr themselves', and PA television glamorized the act of suicide bombing.
Under Arafat, the
Palestinian Authority school textbooks 1) denied Israel's very existence, 2) present jihad as an admirable course of action, 3) represent the Jewish people as a tricky, greedy and barbarous nation, etc., etc.
Freedom of the press was virtually non-existent
during Arafat's reign in Gaza, Jericho and Ramallah - if it didn't speak
favorably of Arafat, it didn't get printed in the PA-controlled media. Moreover,
the PA enacted a systematic policy of intimidation of foreign journalists. One
case among many: When an AP cameraman captured footage of Palestinian street
celebrations following the 9/11 attacks, he was kidnapped, brought to a PA
security office, and Arafat's cabinet secretary threatened that the PA 'cannot
guarantee [his] life' if the footage was broadcast.
Yet beyond the
terrorism, extortion, embezzlement and intimidation lies Arafat's most
unfortunate ongoing impact: The inculcation of murderous values in an entire
generation of Palestinians, who have been educated - under Arafat's direction -
to continue the fight of jihad against Israel, rather than compromise to end the
How many generations will it take to undo
Arafat's dark legacy?
A joke of sorts circulated during the recent U.S.
presidential election. It went like this: "The Palestinians have suicide
bombers. The Jews have suicide voters." It's a sad commentary on the legacy left
by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat's death in a Paris hospital. The king of terror is
It was Arafat who perfected, if not conceived, the slaughter of
innocents as a way to pave the road to peace in the Middle East. His underlying
principle seems to have been that the road be built on the foundation of dead
Jews, blown up at school, at work and at the market.
Arafat's genius was
in identifying Islam as the vehicle for "peace," which he defined as the absence
of Israel in the Middle East. He left a legacy of blood and hatred that has now
poisoned a major world religion and is seeping outward into the nation states in
which Islam resides. Witness the two recent murders in the Netherlands, courtesy
of Islam's imam madmen. By 2010, Islam will mount a demographic takeover of much
of Europe. It already wields a veto on French foreign policy. And it has its
apologists in America, as well.
It is the mark of an immature and
foolish generation that Arafat was hailed as a "man of peace" for blowing up
Jews. An earlier and wiser generation had the moral stamina to call Hitler on
his plans to annihilate the Jews. The Greatest Generation knew there would be a
price: They paid it for us. In return, the presstitutes and other enlightened
fools of this generation spent themselves on appeasement, imagining that world
peace could be purchased from tyrants by the blood of a sufficient number of
innocents. Violence and insanity are praised; ultimately the victim is blamed
for his plight.
Evil entered God's creation from nearly the beginning –
it will be with us until the end. This is so because it lives, intertwined with
death, within each one of us. As the warp and weft of time and circumstances
weave humanity's history, the evil within us at times joins together, and
collectively the world bleeds until it regains its sanity. Yet even then, the
evil lives on individually – which is why we must continually resist it, ever
mindful that a portion dwells within even the best of us.
promises that at some point the holy and righteous God, who went so far as to
sacrifice His own Son to cleanse the world of evil, will become consumed with
wrath directed against the evil that has entered and defaced in His creation.
Humanity, in the form of the reconstituted atoms of everyone who has ever
existed will stand before the Great White Throne of judgment.
"And I saw
the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out
of those things which were written in the books, according to their works ..."
– Revelations 20:12
This is an appointment the Bible tells us
that inanimate creation itself has passed on: "earth and heaven fled away; there
was found no place for them" (Revelations 20:11)
Guess what? You and I
have a front-row seat. Only one can stand in the presence of God's wrath and at
that moment reach through to His heart: His Son, Jesus Christ. It is at this
moment that the God-Man who died in our place on the Cross of Calvary stands and
recites the names of those who belong to Him, as written in the Book of Life:
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake
of fire" (Revelations 20:15).
It's easy to weigh our own lives in the
balance opposite a Yasser Arafat and conclude that we've done a pretty good job,
all things considered. Don't bet on it. Humanity and creation itself are going
to confront their Creator, overcome with righteous anger and determined to rid
His creation of evil forever. Under the circumstances, I don't think blowing up
Jews will be much of a resume.
Imagine reelecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt
during the beginning of WWII only to later hear him sing the praises of Hitler,
bless him, and offer him Europe. Well, the same thing has just been done to us
by Bush. And this isn't even solely a Jewish issue; it's an American one too.
The modern day Hitler I'm referring to is the belatedly late Yasser
Arafat. Among his tens of thousands of victims were hundreds of Americans --
many not Jewish -- who were targeted simply because they were American.
Although Arafat was dead and resurrected more times in the past week
than Jesus, upon first hearing of Arafat's first death, Mr. Bush blessed his
soul! Yup. He said "God bless his soul." Can you imagine? The leader of a
country that had been one of the targets and victims of this genocidal monster
blessing his soul? It makes me wonder whether the soul of our esteemed President
is possessed. We were certainly lied to. I remember Mr. Bush saying "Either you
are with us or you are with the terrorists." Now he blesses the soul of the
inventor of the weapon of our (US) destruction -- the terrorist plane hijacking.
On top of this, Mr. Bush has gone out of his way to demand that Israel
continue to ethnically cleanse herself of her own people and give away a major
portion of her miniscule 9-mile wide self to those bent upon her destruction.
And he calls himself a good Christian.
One cannot be a good Christian if
one only supports certain things in the Bible and actively works against other
things. While Mr. Bush purports to 'support' Israel, demanding that a bunch of
usurping genocidal monsters with no right to the Holy Land be given a chunk of
the Jewish homeland is hardly supporting Israel; it is facilitating her
destruction in increments.
Nor can I believe that Mr. Bush is doing this
out of ignorance of the facts. It is a fact, stated by one of the Arab leaders
himself, that those Arabs now occupying Jewish Palestine have no national rights
whatsoever to the land they squat on. Here is what he said, admitting that the
entire concept of a 'Palestinian people' other than the Jews is a hoax and they
are really Jordanians:
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The
creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle
against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no
difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for
political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a
Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the
existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism."
tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders,
cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can
undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment
we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to
unite Palestine and Jordan." --Interview with Palestine Liberation Organization
executive committee member Zahir Muhsein on March 31, 1977 with the Dutch
Giving away chunks of the Holy Land -- Israel -- is
destroying it. You cannot disguise this as anything other than destruction, even
if you call it a 'peaceful solution.' Hey, Germany would have eventually stopped
her war after she had conquered Europe and maybe more, and then there would have
been 'peace.' But FDR had at least the moral compass to realize that peace
through conquest or takeover, or forced giveaways of another nation's sovereign
and legitimate land was unacceptable. Mr. Bush does not.
that's because Mr. Bush himself is a fraud. He purports to be a good Christian.
Good Christians follow all the teachings of the Bible. I know this for I have
met them at the Christian Coalition Convention. I have also seen the
Machiavellian schemings of some pretenders who say they are 'good Christians'
yet are truly anti-Christian and apostate. They follow a little-spoken of
doctrine called 'Replacement Theology' which absolutely abhors Israel's
This is because Replacement Theology posits its whole
existence on reinterpreting the Bible to suit its political goals. In
Replacement Theology, they believe that black is white and that the word
'Israel' really means the Replacement Theology churches. They say that the Jews
are cursed by God and all the blessings and prophecies meant for 'Israel' are
really referring to the Replacement Theologists. Israel's very existence as a
Jewish state, reestablished by Jews, proves that this doctrine is anti-Christian
and utterly apostate. Therefore, Replacement Theologists will do anything to
destroy Israel --and thus the evidence -- which only proves that they follow a
doctrine true Christians might call Satanic in nature.
What? You say Mr.
Bush is a Methodist, not a Replacement Theologist? In truth, so-called
'mainstream' Methodists are Replacement Theologists. As are 'mainstream'
Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Anglicans, among others. Those who
follow the whole Bible and don't pick and chose nor rewrite its meanings
identify themselves as 'Evangelical.' As in Evangelical Methodist. Mr. Bush is
not this, but has kept it hidden. (And by the way, Kofi Annan is a Replacement
Theologist Methodist, if any of you are wondering why he is so rabidly
On an equally sad note, even the Vatican has sung the
praises of that monster from the depths of Hell, Yasser Arafat. In a statement
released to the press, the Vatican called Arafat an 'illustrious deceased.'
Have the leaders of the world lost their moral compass? Or even worse,
have the leaders of the world all become possessed by the ultimate evil,
praising demonic, genocidal monsters and smiling while they assure it's all for
the sake of 'peace?'
By Michael D. Evans
Yasser Arafat, whose real name is Muhammad Abdel-Raouf Qudwa
al-Husseini, and was also known as Abu Amar, is dead. He died in Paris of an
undisclosed illness. Arafat was born on August 24, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt.
Arafat was always great at rewriting history, and not just his own. When
Israel turned Bethlehem over to him as part of the Camp David Accords, he sought
to change its history. He referred to it as the Muslim town where the "first
Palestinian Christian," Jesus Christ, was born. I debated Palestinian
spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi over this myth at the 1991 Middle East Peace
Conference in Madrid and even she – a supposedly educated woman – insisted it
was a myth that Jesus was born a Jew.
Arafat came on the world scene as
a full-fledged terrorist in 1958, when he founded the terrorist organization
Fatah. Six years later, the Arab League founded the Palestine Liberation
Organization, bringing together a number of Palestinian terrorist organizations.
At the fifth meeting of the Palestine National Council in February 1969, Fatah
gained control of the majority of seats and has remained in control ever since.
It was after the Arabs' disastrous defeat after attacking Israel once
again in 1967 that they drew up a document called the Palestine National
Covenant. Despite US insistence, the PLO Covenant still does not recognize
Israel's right to exist.
Arafat made a dramatic appearance at the United
Nations in 1974, when he addressed the General Assembly wearing his familiar
military-style uniform, carrying an olive branch and with a pistol on his hip.
In his infamous speech, the arch terrorist proclaimed: "Don't let this olive
branch drop to the ground."
He attempted to address the UN again in
1988, but then-president Ronald Reagan would not give him a visa. Never failing
to go out of its way to accommodate terrorists bent on destroying Israel, the UN
convened a special session in Geneva for him. It was there that Arafat tried to
achieve legitimacy by promising to renounce terrorism in exchange for the
support of the United States. But he failed to do so in so many words, even
during a specially convened press conference when I challenged him to renounce
the PLO Covenant's negation of Israel. To this day, Arafat has not permitted the
schoolbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority to contain a map of Israel,
whose territory is referred to as "Palestine."
Arafat never considered
himself a terrorist, but a "freedom fighter," despite the fact that the people
his minions attacked and murdered over the past several decades were innocent
Jewish civilians, many of them children. Although he liked to portray himself as
a kind of "Palestinian George Washington," he was actually the inspiration for
Osama bin Laden, who was 12 years old when Arafat took over the PLO.
Without question Arafat is the godfather of world terrorism, from the
first airplane hijackings he inspired in the 1960s to the hundreds of suicide
bombings his agents have carried out in Israel to this day. Many believe that
Osama bin Laden developed his terrorist network, al-Qaida (The Base), by
patterning it after Arafat's Fatah cells, which have been murdering people
throughout the world for 40 years.
Arafat's PLO at first limited its
terrorist attacks to Israel, but soon began attacking Israeli targets throughout
the world, most infamously at the Munich Olympics in 1972. The PLO has perfected
the art of using terror as a political tool, ultimately opening offices in more
than 70 capitals around the world.
Arafat was a life-long anti-Semite
who kept an Arabic translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – Hitler's
favorite book – on his desk. He was one of the first people to endorse Mel
Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, insisting it was not anti-Semitic.
Arafat, who watched the film on a small TV set in his Ramallah office, said the
movie was "historic and impressive."
After Arafat viewed the film, a top
aide compared Jesus's pain during the Crucifixion to the suffering of the
Palestinians in the conflict with Israel. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, one of Arafat's
closest advisers, watched the film along with Arafat and a group of American and
European Christians and Palestinian Muslim clerics.
are still daily being exposed to the kind of pain Jesus was exposed to during
his Crucifixion," Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.
Authority's Mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri, said Friday it was Arafat's wish
to be buried in Jerusalem, the city he sought as the capital of an independent
state. Arafat wished to be laid to rest on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the third
holiest site in the world to Muslims, but the holiest site to Jews. This is not
likely to happen, as Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid told the Associated
Press: "Jerusalem is the city where Jewish kings are buried, not Arab
It is not known whether Arafat has a will, but his personal
wealth – skimmed over the years from international aid to his suffering people –
was estimated by Israeli Military Intelligence in 2002 at $1.3 billion. Arafat,
the so-called "George Washington of the Palestinians," became a billionaire by
stealing money given for the humanitarian help of his people.
response to the news about Arafat, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said:
"We have a new opportunity before us to move forward on the Road Map and get to
the two-state vision that the president outlined. We will remain actively
engaged working with the parties to accomplish that goal."
this desire to restart the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian
Authority, Arafat's funeral places the Bush administration in a dilemma. The
Arab League and UN will organize a state funeral in Cairo. If President George
W. Bush – who never permitted Arafat to meet with him, because he rightly
considered him a terrorist – sends a representative, he will be violating his
own doctrine on terrorism, showing respect for an enemy of the United States.
There are two very important questions whose answers will speak volumes
concerning the Bush doctrine on terrorism. What position will the United States
take on Arafat's desire to be buried in Jerusalem? And, will the US send a key
diplomat or even a former president, such as Jimmy Carter, to the state funeral
As he begins his second term, Bush will no doubt be pressured
by bigots throughout the world to send a diplomatic delegation to Arafat's
funeral. He should just say that, even though Arafat succeeded during his
lifetime in proving to the world that crime pays, he must not be allowed to do
so after his death.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died today at the age of 75. The
Israeli Cabinet agreed to a Palestinian request to bury Arafat at his
headquarters in the town of Ramallah, where he was confined by Israel for nearly
three years. The funeral will take place on Saturday. Israeli security chiefs
told the Cabinet that a Ramallah burial is a security risk. They said hundreds
of thousands of mourners in a city surrounded by Israeli troops could lead to
bloodshed, especially if they try to march on Jerusalem and perhaps bury Arafat
here. Despite the risks, Israel decided to make a goodwill gesture to the new
Palestinian leadership and allowed the Ramallah burial. The Palestinians plan to
turn the gravesite into a shrine. Israel has sealed off Judea, Samaria and the
Gaza Strip, in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of violence in the wake of
Cairo ceremony first
Since Ramallah may not be
safe for foreign leaders, a ceremony for Arafat will be held in Cairo before the
funeral. "It was decided that the body will be brought to Cairo and there will
lie in state," said Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat. "After that, the
body will be flown from Cairo to Ramallah." The Cairo ceremony be held at the
airport. The Cairo ceremony will take place on Friday and the Ramallah funeral
Palestinians mourn Arafat
A top Islamic cleric was
at Arafat's side when he died, reading the Koran. Flags were lowered to half
staff at Arafat's Ramallah headquarters and throughout the Palestinian
territories. Palestinian TV is broadcasting verses from the Koran, with Arafat's
picture in the background. They're mourning the symbol of the Palestinian cause.
Pro-settlement party pulls out of government
National Religious Party (NRP) has quit the government in protest over Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip and dismantle 21
settlements there. The move will not bring the immediate collapse of the
government, which is receiving outside support from the dovish opposition Labor
Party. Sharon's minority government is left with 55 seats in the 120-member
Knesset (parliament) following the departure of the NRP, which has six
Two terrorists killed
Israeli troops shot and
killed two Palestinian gunmen who attacked an army post in the Gaza Strip. The
army says the terrorists opened fire and threw grenades before they were killed
Arafat flown to Cairo for funeral
leader Yasser Arafat's body was flown to Cairo today, after he died at the age
of 75. There will be a funeral ceremony for Arafat on Friday, and then he'll be
flown to Ramallah for burial. "He closed his eyes and his big heart stopped,"
said senior Arafat aide Tayeb Abdel Rahim. "He left for Allah but he is still
among this great people." The funeral in Cairo will be for foreign dignitaries
because Ramallah is not considered safe. Also, Arab leaders with no diplomatic
ties to Israel would not want to pass through Israeli security. Arafat will be
buried in soil taken from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where he hoped to be
laid to rest.
Palestinian outpouring of grief
Tens of thousands
of Palestinians poured into the streets of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip in
a spontaneous show of grief. They chanted, clutched pictures of Arafat and wept.
Black smoke from burning tires rose across Palestinian cities and gunmen fired
into the air. The Palestinian Cabinet declared 40 days of mourning for Arafat.
Israel beefs up security
Israel sealed off Judea, Samaria and
the Gaza Strip fearing that the Palestinian crowds pouring on to the streets
could turn violent. In Hebron and Bethlehem, Palestinian youths threw stones at
Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. In the Gaza
Strip, three Palestinian terrorists were killed when they tried to attack a
Jewish settlement. The biggest concern is Arafat's funeral in Ramallah. Israel
fears that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could try to storm into nearby
Jerusalem and bury Arafat there.
New Palestinian leadership
Former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was elected to succeed
Arafat as chairman of the PLO. He'll share power with Prime Minister Ahmed
Qureia and the little-known parliament speaker, Rawhi Fatouh, who will serve as
president and prepare elections in 60 days.
Sharon sees hope for peace
Israeli officials say they hope the death of Arafat will bring a new and
moderate Palestinian leadership that will revive the peace process. "The latest
events are likely to present a historic turning point in the Middle East," said
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, adding that Israel would "continue its efforts to
reach a political settlement with the Palestinians without delay." Sharon said
any progress towards peace would "depend first and foremost on a cessation of
terrorism and if they wage a war on terror."
The US and Britain are
The US, which has shunned Arafat, was conciliatory. "The
death of Yasser Arafat is a significant moment in Palestinians' history,"
President Bush said. He said the world should help Arafat's people achieve "an
independent democratic Palestine" at peace with Israel. Secretary of State Colin
Powell said that "in the eyes of the Palestinian people, Arafat embodied their
hopes and dreams for the achievement of an independent Palestinian state."
Secretary of State William Burns will represent the US at the Cairo funeral.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "The most important thing is to make
sure we reinvigorate the peace process because there is misery for Palestinians,
there is misery for Israelis who suffer terrorist activity."
The sound of mournful chanting from the Al Aksa mosque minaret
on the nearby Temple Mount has filled the air of central Jerusalem all morning,
along with the distant roar of Israeli warplanes streaking over the clouds far
above the holy city. Dark smoke is rising into the air from most Arab
neighborhoods as young Palestinians set rubber tires on fire in order to turn
the sky black.
Both Palestinians and Israelis woke up today to the news
that Yasser Arafat had finally died overnight in a hospital near Paris.
Following the long anticipated announcement, Israeli and Palestinian
preparations have swung into high gear for his final burial near Jerusalem,
expected either on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, which will follow a
"state funeral" in Cairo tomorrow.
Soon after Arafat's death was
confirmed, the Israeli government imposed a total closure on all Palestinian
cities and towns. Analysts say this is mainly designed to prevent a massive
turnout for the burial in Ramallah this weekend—which happens to be the climax
of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Severe restrictions will be placed on
Muslims wishing to gather for Friday prayers on the Temple Mount. Palestinian
officials, who have declared a forty day period of mourning, are already
bitterly complaining about the closure. Their main gripe is that it will prevent
hundreds of thousands of mourners from the towns of Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem,
and villages around them, from attending the funeral.
In fact, Israeli
officials have long planned to tighten the cordon around Palestinian population
centers when Arafat died to prevent a huge turnout for his interment, especially
if the funeral was held anywhere near the contested capital city. The assessment
was that a massive crowd was more likely to turn violent, and encourage attempts
by Arafat's more radical supporters to forcibly carry his corpse through Israeli
security checkpoints toward the Old City's Temple Mount, where he wished to be
buried in the Husseini family mausoleum (Arafat was part of that Arab clan,
which included the Hitler-aligned Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Husseini).
Israeli leaders are especially concerned over continuing claims that
they somehow managed to poison the Palestinian leader. Hamas leader Khaled
Mashal—who was himself the subject of a failed Mossad poison attempt in
1997—repeated the incendiary claim this morning on the Arab Al Jazeera satellite
television network. This is seen by security officials as a signal for militant
Hamas followers to attack Israeli targets during the protracted mourning period.
SORROW AND JOY
While most Palestinians mourn the passing of
their longtime leader, I have been receiving some e mail messages of delight
today from Orthodox Jewish groups and individuals. One quotes Psalm 15:6: "Let
everything which has breath praise the Lord! Hallelujah!" Some have been passing
along a joke that appeared in the New York Post newspaper earlier this week,
which I believe accurately reflects the private, if
publicly-politically-incorrect, feelings of most Israelis: "Arafat goes to a
fortune teller and asks: 'On what day will I die?' The fortune teller says: 'It
will be on a Jewish Holiday.' Arafat asks: 'Which one? Rosh Ha Shana? Yom
Kippur?' The fortune teller replies: 'I do not know, but whatever day you die,
it will be a Jewish Holiday.'"
Although such sentiments may sound crude
to most international observers, it must be recalled that Arafat was directly
responsible for a long line of terror attacks that left scores of Israeli Jews
and others dead during the tumultuous decades that he ruled the PLO. Indeed, the
notorious Palestinian leader was widely seen as a virtual reincarnation of the
biblical Haman, who attempted to wipe out the entire Jewish race. Despite this,
he was reluctantly accepted by a majority of Israelis as a legitimate peace
partner after shaking hands with the late Yitzhak Rabin on the White house lawn
in 1993. However, his subsequent inability—many say refusal—to keep his written
Oslo pledge to halt all violence against Israelis placed him squarely back in
the onus box.
Arafat's repeated threats in recent years to force all
Israelis to "drink the waters of the Dead Sea" if they did not hand him control
over Jerusalem (in other words to kill them, since drinking the Dead Sea's heavy
mineral water induces death) did not exactly endear him to them. Nor did his
many calls for the "liberation" of the holy city by "a million shahid
martyrs"—thought by many analysts to be a thinly veiled call for nearby Muslim
nations to use non-conventional weapons to annihilate Israel, even if it meant
most local Palestinian would die as well.
Exactly ten years ago Yaser Arafat received the Nobel Peace
Prize. Thankfully, today he exited the Middle East and world stage. While God
has no pleasure in any man's death, the world is better off without the
"godfather of terror." He has shed more blood than any other terrorist, and some
Americans are among the victims. He was never held accountable for those
David Dolan reports that inside Israel dark smoke is rising
into the air from Arab sections as Palestinians set fire to tires to turn the
sky black. But he was never interested in their welfare. Arafat became one of
the world's richest men by robbing his followers and leaving them in poverty.
Israeli planes are patrolling the skies should violence break out.
Internet, Fox, and talk radio are alive with Arafat stories. I direct you to
one, however, few will talk about, at least in the mainstream media. It's at my
Web site, www.olivetreeviews.org
Check out the story under "Current Headlines" titled "Arafat's Dark Legacy." You
will see a one-minute feature that tells the truth. Be sure that much of the
media will spin this story and paint Arafat as a "freedom fighter" who gave his
life for the cause of a Palestinian state. He died one of the richest men in the
world, having passed little of those riches on to the people who so admired him.
His reign was not only brutal, it was also one of the most corrupt.
Arafat was a survivor. In fact, he outlived four Israeli Prime Ministers
but Ariel Sharon was delighted to say, "He didn't outlast me."
leaders will hail him as a great leader who pursued peace with stubborn Israel.
He was, in fact, a pedophile and likely died of AIDS. A Mossad agent was planted
in the Arafat administration and reports a sordid story not worth repeating.
The world is now insisting that this is a "new opportunity for peace."
The mantle will be passed on to a leader who wants peace, right? Wrong. That the
days are now ripe for peace--or have ever been ripe for peace--is one of the
world's strongest delusions. The antichrist will use "peace issues" to take over
the world some day.
It would appear that President Bush sees this as a
turning point in the "peace process." The Bible buried the "peace process" a
long time ago. The Arab world, along with other parts of the world chiming in,
follows Psalm 89: "Come, let us wipe out the memory of Israel's existence." This
remains in the PLO Charter, though Arafat promised to remove it back in 1993.
Credit goes to the president for not speaking to or doing business with Arafat,
but will he see this as a new opportunity? It would appear likely that he will.
Conservatives and Christians clearly did not re-elect the president to put the
squeez on Israel just days after the election.
As White House
correspondent Bill Koenig said on my radio show last weekend, November 6, when
the president was informed of Arafat's passing, it appeared a great burden
descended on him. He knew he was at a new fork in the road. That program is now
posted under "Radio Archives" at www.olivetreeviews.org
. In the press
conference, Bush went from being light-hearted to great heaviness. The president
would now have to re-start a process he was hoping he could bow out of.
He may perceive more than we think but the pressure from the world is
upon him. The State Department would sell out Israel in a heartbeat. Now more
than ever, pray for our leaders.
All the world must come against Israel.
People often say to me that it will be all the world except America--but that's
not what the Bible says in Zechariah 12. The consequences of going against God's
land cannot be calculated. I strongly recommend you get Bill Koenig's latest
book: EYE TO EYE: FACING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DIVIDING ISRAEL." It's under "Our
Products" on my Web site or on Bill's which is www.watch.org
. Bill is updating it as I write
this so delivery of the new version will not be available until early December.
God is in control of all geo-politics. Much of it is foretold in the
Bible for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. You've been born "for
such a time as this" which means you have the responsibility to not just watch
events; you can shape them. To be indifferent to the issues of the day is not an
Awaiting His return,
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