Terrorism in the Middle East Conflict: An Open Letter
by Pitman Buck, Jr.
One of the primary reasons given by Israel for its off-and-on refusals
to negotiate with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Yasser
Arafatís Palestinian Authority (PA) is the use of terrorism by the PLO
and militant organs of the PA. A brief, historical summary of terrorism
used by Zionists and Israel in the Middle East Conflict reveals that
Israel has no justifiable right to cite the use of terrorism by others
as a basis for refusing to negotiate with the PLO, PA, Yasser Arafat or
anyone else. Such an historical summary would include the following
From 1943 to 1948, Menachem Begin - who later became prime minister of
Israel - commanded the infamous Irgun Zvai Leumi (IZL), an underground
terrorist group dedicated to the overthrow of the British Mandate
Authority and the expulsion of the native Arabs from Palestine in order
to establish therein an exclusive Jewish state. On July 22, 1946,
Menachem Begin's IZL blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing
over ninety people, fifteen of whom were Jewish. Haganah, the armed militia of
the Jewish Agency, was implicated in this horrific, terrorist attack
on innocent civilians.
The Stern Gang was another Jewish terrorist group dedicated to driving
out non-Jews from Palestine and setting up an exclusive, Jewish state.
On November 6, 1944, the Stern Gang assassinated Lloyd Moyne, the British
Resident Minister in Cairo, Egypt.
Many more cold-blooded acts of horror were to follow before Israel
would establish herself by terrorism in the so-called "Holy Land." On
April 9, 1948, Menachem Beginís IZL attacked the small village of Deir
Yassin, murdered 254 Arab men, women and children (some of the women were
pregnant) and then sought to cover up the foul deeds by throwing
some of the bodies into a well.
One of the more ignoble acts of the Stern Gang was the assassination of
Count Folke Bernadotte on September 17, 1948, while he was on a United Nations
peace mission in Palestine.
And then there were the Zionist robberies in 1948 of Barclayís Bank in
Tel Aviv and Nablus for the purchase of more weapons of terrorism. "In
Nablus they [the Zionists rebels] twice raided Barclays Bank under the noses of
Between July 2 and July 27, 1954, a network of
Jewish spies in Egypt fire-bombed American and British cultural and
informational centers, British-owned theatres, an Egyptian post
office and rail station and then attempted to shift the blame for
these terrorist acts upon the Muslin Brothers. This series of
terrorist acts became know as the "Lavon Affair," the purpose of
which was to sabotage the good relations that existed between Egypt
and the Western nations of the United States and England.
It was Zionist terrorism that promoted the mass exodus of Palestinians
from their homeland, Palestine, driving them into exile and refugee
camps in Jordan, Syria and elsewhere. Since 1967, the Israelis have
blown up over 25,000 Palestinian homes and have confiscated the
property. Israel continues to build exclusively Jewish settlements in
occupied Arab lands in violation of internationally recognized treaties
which Israel herself has signed. In vain, past U.S. presidents,
including President Jimmy Carter, have denounced these Jewish
settlements in Arab lands as illegal, obstacles to peace and detrimental
to our own national interests. In short, terrorism gave birth to
Israel; terrorism is Israelís chief policy maker. Thus, it is most
strange and hypocritical to hear and see Israelís leaders decrying
terrorism while making insipid, platitudinous speeches at the Wailing
Wall. Referring to Israelís "ugly, oppressive side of its nature which
it had generally managed to hide from the world", David Hirst stated that
"investigative zeal has never been the hallmark of Western newsmen
based in Israel."
Virtually all world leaders acknowledge that the primary cause of the
Middle East Conflict lies in Israelís occupation of Arab land and
expulsion of thousands of Arabs from their native homeland - Palestine -
resulting in the massive Palestinian refugee problem. In his book,
David Hirst documents Israelís "insatiable Zionist appetite for Arab land."
On June 8, 1967, Israeli jet aircraft and torpedo-carrying gunboats
attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, while it was cruising in international
waters off the Sinai Peninsula and flying a large American flag, killing
34 Americans and wounded another 171. When Captain William McGonagle ordered
life rafts put overboard, an Israeli gunboat crew promptly shot
holes in the life rafts to prevent their use.
Because of the inordinate Zionist political and monetary power in
domestic American politics, the United States has shown itself as unable
or unwilling to be an even-handed, unbiased broker in the Arab-Jewish,
Middle East Conflict. International intervention and resolution of this
conflict on the bases of UN Resolutions 242, 338 and 194 appear
necessary now more than ever in view of the terrible blood-letting in
the first quarter of 2002. A majority of nations has indicated that the
above-cited UN resolutions are as just and even-handed as is humanly
possible, given historical circumstances.
Two centuries ago the English statesman and orator, Edmund Burke,
"The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment;
but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is
not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered."
Sooner or later Israel will have to come
to terms with herself and her Arab neighbors. The course
of force and terrorism that she has followed for the past
54 years is nothing less than suicidal, prompting former
U.S. Under Secretary of State George W. Ball to publish
an article in Foreign Affairs entitled, "How to Save
Israel in Spite of Herself." The moral and economic costs
of the Arab-Israel wars will continue to mount until
world opinion pressures Israel and the United States to
listen to the voice of reason instead of the
fundamentalist readings of the Bible which only invite
fundamentalist readings of the Koran.
 Lilienthal, Afred M., The Zionist Connection (New York: Dodd, Mead
& Company, 1978), pp. 58, 153, 279, 346-347, 350, 359, 363, 687.
 ibid, 214, 359
 ibid, 153-157, 279, 298, 299, 303, 349, 350, 353, 360, 398.
 ibid, 156-157, 191, 360, 398, 422.
 Hirst, David, The Gun and the Olive Branch - The Roots of Violence
in the Middle East (New York and London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1977), p. 90.
 ibid, pp. 164-170.
The Lebanese adventure
 ibid, p. 343.
 ibid, p. 342
 Ennes, James M. Jr., Assault on the Liberty (New York: Random
House, 1979). See the URL at:
 See I. F. Stoneís article, "Bible Diplomacy,"
Washington Post, Aug. 19, 1977.
Other suggested readings are Livia Rokachís Israelís Sacred Terrorism
(Belmont, MA: Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Inc.,
1980), a documentary based upon the personal diary of Moshe Sharrett,
Israelís first foreign minister, Naeim Giladiís book, Ben Gurionís
Scandals, (Flushing, NY: Glilit Publishing Co., Inc. 1992), Edwin M.
Wrightís Torah, Zionism and Palestine (Houston: Americans for Middle
East Peace, Inc., 1983; an e-book of the original is available at
http://www.pitmanbuck.net ), and Israel Shahakís Jewish History, Jewish
Religion (London & Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1994).
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