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Israeli police ‘enable pogrom’

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

OVER 40 Palestinian Arabs were injured when violent clashes erupted in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem last week. Protesters confronted hundreds of Zionist fanatics chanting “Death to the Arabs” outside the Damascus Gate of the Old City, whilst others were hurt when the Israeli police-water cannoned the Arabs to protect the Zionist mob.

Although the Israeli police moved to halt the Zionist gangs, an Israeli-Arab MP questioned their motives. Ayman Odeh, a member of the communist-led Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash), said the police had. in fact, enabled the Arab-hating mob to “organise a pogrom”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose administration runs the ‘autonomous’ zones in the occupied West Bank, strongly condemned the Israeli extremists whose growing incitement to kill Arabs has led to a wave of attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Urging the international community to protect the Palestinian people from the ongoing Zionist settler attacks, Abbas said: “East Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine and is a red line.”

Back in Tel Aviv it looks as if Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a new coalition after Israel’s inconclusive general election in March have failed. Four elections over the last two years have failed to provide a working majority in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. A fifth poll now seems inevitable.

Netanyahu likes to pose as a great leader who can impose Israel’s will over the entire Middle East and deal with the Americans on equal terms. In reality Israel is a US protectorate that cannot survive without the immense arms supplies and vast sums of money that the Americans provide to maintain what US General Alexander Haig once said was “the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk”.

American money and know-how helped the Zionist entity set up its “Iron Dome” air defence system that the Israelis said could stop anything the Arabs or Iranians could throw at them. Now they’re beginning to have second thoughts after a Syrian missile soared over Israel to explode near Israel’s top-secret military nuclear facility at Dimona last week.

Israel’s much-vaunted air and ballistic defence systems costing tens of billions of dollars have been shown to be completely incapable of intercepting a Syrian missile that travelled hundreds of kilometres inside Israel before crashing near the nuclear plant.

The Israelis say it was an “errant” missile fired at an Israeli warplane during an air-raid over Syria. They claim it simply overflew its target and reached the Dimona area in southern Israel. But the path the projectile flew has triggered speculation that Dimona was the intended target.

It came two days after a mysterious blast rocked the Tomer plant in central Israel. Tomer says no-one was injured in the explosion that it claims was a “controlled test”. But Tomer produces a variety of propulsion systems for various missiles used by Israel, and some Arabs say it may have been sabotaged or hit in a drone attack. They also suggest that a series of explosions heard in Tel Aviv was actually an attack on the Mossad Centre, the national intelligence service of Israel.

The tit-for-tat war between Israel and the Arabs and Iranians in the “axis of resistance” is increasingly one of air-raids, drones and sabotage. The Americans killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad last year and Zionist agents are now targeting Iranian nuclear facilities.

But as the Chief Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, General Hossein Salami, warned this week, the evil acts of the Zionist regime will backfire on it and draw the regime closer to collapse. The Islamic Republic will respond to any act of mischief by Israel at the same level or higher, he said.