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|4000 Israeli Employees in WTC Absent the Day of the Attack|
|09/18/01 at 03:34:10|
Surprise, surprise... ahh well...
BREAKING NEWS: 4000 Israeli Employees in WTC Absent the Day of the Attack
4000 Israeli Employees in WTC Absent the Day of the Attack
Manar TV - Sept 17, 2001
With the announcement of the attacks at the World Trade Center in New
York, the international media, particularly the Israeli one, hurried to
take advantage of the incident and started mourning 4000 Israelis who work
at the two towers. Then suddenly, no one ever mentioned anything about
those Israelis and later it became clear that they remarkably did not show
up in their jobs the day the incident took place. No one talked about any
Israeli being killed or wounded in the attacks. Arab diplomatic sources
revealed to the Jordanian al-Watan newspaper that those Israelis remained
absent that day based on hints from the Israeli General Security
Apparatus, the Shabak, the fact which evoked unannounced suspicions on
American officials who wanted to know how the Israeli government learned
about the incident before it occurred, and the reasons why it refrained
from informing the U.S authorities of the information it had. Suspicions
had increased further after Israeli newspaper Yadiot Ahranot revealed that
the Shabak prevented Israeli premier Ariel Sharon from traveling to New
York and particularly to the citys eastern coast to participate in a
festival organized by the Zionist organizations in support of the
"Israel". Aharon Bernie, the commentator at the newspaper, brought up the
issue and came up with a negative conclusion, saying no answer. He then
asked about the clue behind the Shabaks position in preventing Sharons
participation, and again without giving an answer. Bernie added that
Sharon, who was delighted for having his speech on top of the festival
agenda, asked the head of the organization to mediate and convince the
Shabak to change its position, but his attempts were in vein. The next day
after Sharons secretary officially announced that Sharon would not
participate the incident took place. For its part, the Israeli Haaretz
newspaper revealed that the FBI arrested five Israelis four hours after
the attack on the Twin Towers while filming the smoking skyline from the
roof of their companys building. The FBI had arrested the five for
puzzling behavior. They are said to have been caught videotaping the
disaster in what was interpreted as cries of joy and mockery.
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|Re: 4000 Israeli Employees in WTC Absent the Day of the Attack|
|09/18/01 at 04:59:39|
|Bismillah and salam,|
Richard Ingram's week
Who will dare damn Israel?
Messrs Blair and Bush, with help from on high, are ignoring the truths of the Middle East
Special report: Israel and the Middle East
Special report: terrorism in the US
Sunday September 16, 2001
The mountain of words and pictures last week mirrored the piles of rubble in New York. Like the rescue workers there, one waded in trying to find something that was alive, that would illuminate and explain what had happened.
Noticeable was the reluctance throughout the media to contemplate the Israeli factor - the undeniable and central fact behind the disaster that Israel is now and has been for some time an American colony, sustained by billions of American dollars and armed with American missiles, helicopters and tanks.
Such has been the pressure from the Israeli lobby in this country that many, even normally outspoken journalists, are reluctant even to refer to such matters. Nor would you find anywhere in last week's coverage, any reference whatever to things I have mentioned here in recent issues of The Observer: the fact, for example, that Mr Blair's adviser on the Middle East is an unelected, unknown Jewish businessman, Lord Levy, now installed in the Foreign Office; the fact that this same Lord Levy is the chief fundraiser for the Labour Party; unmentioned also would be the close business links with Israel of two of our most powerful press magnates, Rupert Murdoch and the newly ennobled owner of the Telegraph newspapers, Lord Conrad Black.
When Mr Blair, supported by these gentlemen's papers, pledges his support for Mr Bush as he prepares for war with an as yet unidentified enemy, we ought to be prepared at least to incur the charge of anti-Semitism by giving these matters an airing before the balloon goes up.
Buck up, Mr Blair
With President Bush described as 'red-eyed and faltering', I find it equally worrying to read that Mr Blair was 'visibly shaken' in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in America last week.
At moments of crisis, we do not want our political leaders to be visibly shaken, let alone red-eyed and faltering. We, the lesser fry, may enjoy the luxury of shaking and red eyes but we expect the man at the top to be firm, unfaltering and resolute.
What would have been the consequence if Winston Churchill at the time of the Blitz was visibly shaken or red-eyed? Whatever else, it would have given the Führer a terrific propaganda boost.
Equally worrying is Mr Blair's apparent failure to learn anything from his experience of the Irish situation.
After over 30 years, in which our politicians of both parties have tried to deal with terrorists, you would hope that the Prime Minister would have at least learned a lesson that terrorism is not some kind of mysterious virus that attacks us at random from outer space.
The Irish situation is not all that different from the Middle East in that terrorism has been a direct outcome of political injustice and lines drawn arbitrarily on maps many years ago. The IRA could never be defeated because there were so many people in Ireland who, while they might disapprove of its methods, sympathised with its political aims.
It is also worth remembering that there were those who were prepared to martyr themselves for the cause. Even today, there are pictures of Bobby Sands on the walls of Irish pubs and in the offices of Sinn Fein. Yet Mrs Thatcher seemed not to understand the enormous significance of his sacrifice.
Blair, one might have hoped, would by now know something about the power of martyrdom. If not, at least his Catholic wife could remind him of Tertullian's famous maxim: 'The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church'.
Be a party animal
Those of us who care about democracy ought to think seriously about joining the Conservative Party. It will cost you a mere £15 a year.
You are then entitled to vote for the leader. This means you have a direct say in who the leader of the Opposition, or even the next Prime Minister will be.
Although people at general elections talk as if they are voting for the leaders of a political party, in fact, their votes have little direct effect. This way, were enough patriotic people prepared to take my advice, we could all of us exercise a much more influential role.
The point is driven home by the emergence of Mr Duncan Smith, whose first political utterance as leader of the Opposition was to pledge unqualified support to Mr Blair when he pledged unqualified support to Mr Bush.
Perhaps some readers still have an old-fashioned view that to join a political party you need to have some kind of commitment to the cause. You might even think that you would have some kind of duty to attend coffee mornings, put leaflets in envelopes or join in canvassing come election time.
Not a bit of it. As with so many things nowadays, all that they are after is your money. And it seems to me that £15 per annum is not an unreasonable amount to pay in exchange for a comforting feeling that you have a role, albeit an insignificant one, in the democratic process.
For another £15, you could join the Labour Party as well. I shall be sending off both my cheques this week. Mr Kennedy will have to wait for his.
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