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Wikileaks shocker: did Mahmoud Abbas know in advance about the devastating blitz on his countrymen in Gaza?
Wikileaks shocker: did Mahmoud Abbas know in advance about the devastating blitz on his countrymen in Gaza?
Stuart Littlewood scents the whiff of treason in the Wikileaks disclosure that Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas had been forewarned by Israel about its planned onslaught on Gaza and had failed to sound the alarm at the UN and other forums to deter Israel’s slaughter of fellow Palestinians.
Monday, December 6,2010 22:08
by Stuart Littlewood redress.cc

 One of the most grotesque Wikileaks revelations so far is the disclosure that Palestinian top dog (Fatah faction) Mahmoud Abbas was told in advance about the murderous assault on his countrymen in Gaza two years ago.

Some claim that the Wikileaks eye-openers are a “dirty tricks” operation by people with a large axe to grind. It is certainly odd that “evidence” is selected to portray Arab states as eager to see Iran zapped for an unproven nuclear threat when, actually, the Middle East is far more anxious about the very real and present nuclear threat from Israel.

That same mentality would no doubt wish to drive an ever bigger wedge between Fatah and political rival Hamas

Stench of treason

So what are we to make of the documents claiming that in a June 2009 meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and a US congressional delegation, Barak said that the Israeli government "had consulted with Egypt and Fatah prior to Operation Cast Lead, asking if they were willing to assume control of Gaza once Israel defeated Hamas"?

Fatah deny that it happened. Top aid to Palestinian President Abbas, Saeb Erekat, said: "We knew about the war because the Israelis were saying there was going to be a war."

Several months before it started, at a meeting that Erekat attended, Abbas asked Israel's then-prime minister,
Ehud Olmert, not to go to war, saying "he would not go to Gaza on an Israeli tank".

So they admit they were talking about it.

I put the question to the Palestinian ambassador in London, Professor Manual Hassassian.

I am surprised to read the Wikileaks revelation that Mr Abbas, along with Mr Mubarak, was informed of Operation Cast lead in advance. I don't recall his issuing a public warning to the unfortunate people of Gaza or appealing to the UN and Western powers to intervene. Why would a Palestinian president keep quiet about an evil and horrendous war-crime he knew was about to be committed against his own people? Can you please throw any light on the matter?

The ambassador replied: "I am surprised as you are, and cannot confirm the Wikileaks revelation whether they are authentic or not."

No flat-out denial then, nor did he say he would refer the question upwards for clarification. You'd think the embassy would wish to show a clean pair of hands.

Living on borrowed time

Abbas, as we all know, is living his elevated lifestyle on borrowed time. Since January 2009, when his term as president officially expired, Western-backed Abbas has clung like superglue to power and overstayed his welcome. A year ago, having already taken a one-year extension regarded by many, including Hamas, as unlawful, he announced he had no wish to seek re-election at a presidential poll he promised for last January. But January came and went, and there was still no presidential election. Abbas is now nearing the end of his second year of illegitimate tenure.

“Is Fatah prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Gaza Palestinians against the common enemy – the occupier – and proclaim themselves "Palestinians first" and Fatah/Hamas second?”

I have two vivid images of Palestinians. The first, in Gaza, was the sight of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the crusty old Catholic priest, Fr Manuel Mussallam, who had guarded his flock through utmost deprivation and the darkest of days (with many more to come), standing shoulder to shoulder in front of the microphones and cameras, both proclaiming that they were Palestinians first and Muslim/Christian second.

That’s unity of a welcome sort.

The other is of Fatah playing Israel's armed poodle, reminiscent of the Vichy French government’s militia set up to fight the French Resistance and do much of the Nazis’ dirty work. Is Fatah prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Gaza Palestinians against the common enemy – the occupier – and proclaim themselves "Palestinians first" and Fatah/Hamas second?

Judging by their track record, no. Arrest and torture of their own people is more their game, we hear.

That’s disunity of the worst kind.

And you have to wonder why, if the story’s true, the Israelis felt comfortable discussing with the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority what would happen after their tanks and aircraft had pulverized the Gaza part of Palestine and shredded and vaporized its women and children.

A genuine leader knowing about plans for such a horrific mega-crime would surely have sounded the alert and raised merry hell at the UN for preventive action.

Source: Redress Information & Analysis (http://www.redress.cc). Material published on Redress may be republished with full attribution to Redress Information & Analysis (http://www.redress.cc)

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Abbas Complicity in "Cast Lead" Wage Slave
There were rumours of Abbas' foreknowledge prior to the WikiLeaks disclosures. They appeared on Jan. 9, 2010 (http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/115700.html) and were responded to by the PA two days later (http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/95461/pa-demands-apology-from-egyptian-cleric.html). To my knowledge, these statements were not reported in any western press. (CBC, CTV, BBC, Guardian)
Sunday, January 2,2011 11:02
Complicity of Mahmoud Abbas in the Murder of his People Aminu Baba
Whenever the name Mahmoud Abbas is mentioned, I keep thinking of Abdullahi bn. Ubai bn. Salul. I can\\\'t really place him squarely in any religion on this planet. I understand he belongs to a kind of weired, deviant sect calling themselves Muslims. I recall their reconciliation meeting in the holy city of Makka. His Hamas counterpart opened his address in the manner prescribed by the prophet and eloquently employed Qur\\\'an to guide him in his speech, quoting copiously from Sura Nisaa\\\' and Taubah amongst others. But when it was his turn, I was utterly amazed that he did not show any sign that it was a Muslim speaking!.
Saturday, January 8,2011 01:49
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