From: ScotFOP <ScotFOP-AT-aol.com> Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 19:30:26 EST Subject: M-NEWS: ScotFOP #3 Information Bulletin Countdown to Catastrophe Scottish Friends of Palestine 8th January 1998 Information concerning sources can be obtained from Scottish Friends of Palestine ``Is it not now the time to be rid of them? Why continue to keep in our midst these thorns at a time when they pose a danger to us?'' Diary entry of Yosef Weitz of the Jewish National Fund Yosef Weitz was responsible for ``local evictions and expulsion operations'' against Palestinians and for allocating land to Jewish colonial settlements. >From January to March 1948 Weitz was responsible for expelling the local Palestinian population from Ramot-Menashe, Beit Shean Valley and Western Galilee. As director of the Jewish National Fund, Weitz served on the Population Transfer Committee of the Jewish Agency. In a report he wrote that the `transfer' of the Arab population from Jewish areas ``does not serve only one aim - to diminish the Arab population. It also serves a second purpose by no means less important, which is to evacuate the land now cultivated by Arabs and thus release it for Jewish settlement.'' Dr. Yacov Thon, who served on the same Committee and was, ironically, a founding member of an `ultra-liberal' group which sought reconciliation and accommodation with the Arabs revealed his intentions at secret committee meetings ``Without transferring the Arab peasants to neighbouring lands, we will not be able to bring into our future state a large new population. In short without transfer there can be no Jewish immigration.'' These sentiments were shared by Irgun leader and Israeli prime-minister to-be, Menachem Begin ``My greatest worry in those months was that the Arabs might accept the United Nations plan. Then we would have the ultimate tragedy, a Jewish state so small that it could not absorb all the Jews of the world''. As a terrorist leader Begin was well placed to ensure that the Palestinian Arab would never reach agreement with the Zionists. He was also well placed to facilitate their `transfer' elsewhere. Jan 9 1948 A group of Zionists from Yavne attacked `Wadi Sukrayr' (Suqrir) [pop. 390] to the north of Gaza. A counter-attack was launched by the police. 8 Arabs and 12 Haganah scouts were reported killed. A Haganah intelligence report, dated 2 days later, recommended that ``the village should be destroyed completely and some males from the village should be murdered.''. This was the first operational proposal by the Haganah to demolish and level a village. The first attack on an isolated Zionist settlement took place at Kefar Szold, a kibbutz in the north of Palestine, by a unit of the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) from Syria. 3 Zionist settlements were attacked by about 600 fighters from the ALA. British troops and aircraft dispersed the attackers. Jan 11 Zionist forces demolished a bridge over the River Jordan, a transit route from Syria to Palestine. At a meeting with Ben Gurion, Arab affairs adviser, Ezra Danin, while commenting on the effectiveness of the Arab forces in controlling the main roads and the use of retaliation against local villages to combat this, advised that ``our friends among the Arabs inform us that a severe blow, with a high rate of casualties to the Arabs would increase Arab fear and would render external Arab intervention ineffective.'' Ten days earlier Gad Machnes had advised Ben Gurion along the same lines ``we need a cruel and brutal retaliating policy, we have to be accurate in time, place and number of dead. If we know that a family is guilty, we should be merciless and kill the women and the children as well, otherwise the reaction is useless. While the forces are in action, there is no room for checking who is guilty and who is not.'' While Elias Sasson, director of the Arab Division of the Jewish Agency's Political Department observed of the main towns and the rural hinterland ``Hunger, high prices, and poverty are rampant in a frightening degree. There is fear and terror everywhere. The flight is painful. from house to house, from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, from city to city, from village to village, and from Palestine to the neighbouring countries.'' The settlement of Kfar Uriah, on the Jerusalem - Jaffa railway was attacked by Arab forces. The British forces drove off the attackers. The FBI uncovered a fund of =A3194 000 for purchase of explosives in the USA in support of the Zionist cause. Jan 12 3 Palestinian Arabs killed and 7 British soldiers wounded in a village outside Jerusalem while trying to uncover snipers. In an armed robbery attributed to the Stern Gang, a branch of Barclays Bank was raided. Jan 13 The body of a Pole, believed to have been `executed' by a Zionist firing squad was found in Tel Aviv. Haganah `black squads'(bomb squads) attacked the Sheikh Jarrah Arab quarter on the outskirts of Jerusalem, gaining control of the northern approaches to the city. In the Kidron area they torched or blew up 25 Arab houses. In this action, one of the heaviest attacks to date, a mortar bombardment rained down on the densely built houses with road approaches being mined to hinder Arab reinforcements. Zionist forces positioned in Nahalat Itzhak, an adjacent Jewish community, swept the area with machine gun fire. To the south of the city, Arab forces besieged the Jewish colony of Kfar Etzion. A Jewish bus terminus in Haifa was bombed. The deaths of 6 Jews and 2 British was reported. A number of Arab attacks on Jewish settlements were reported. In northern Palestine, in the Hulah area, British troops came to the rescue of the settlers. One settler was killed near Haifa. A Jewish convoy was ambushed between Jerusalem and Hebron with two Jewish fatalities. Once again, British troops gave assistance to the Zionists. On the outskirts of Haifa one Jewish land labourer was killed. Two bodies were found close to Palestinian villages, one Jewish, one unidentified. In Jaffa, 4 Palestinian Arabs, including a 4 year old girl, were shot dead with 7 wounded. 4 settlements north of Hebron were attacked by Arab raiders not, it was reported, as a result of any pre-planned action. Apparently it was led by a Palestinian who had escaped from Acre prison when it had earlier been attacked by Zionist forces. A number of street murders took place in Jerusalem with Jews, and one British officer with a Jewish wife, being the victims. Palestinians planted a bomb in a post office van resulting in the death of 6 Jews. The London Times posed the $64 000 question: ``Are there any prospects of settlement in Palestine after Britain's abandonment of the mandate and subsequent withdrawal?'' A Czech arms deal, worth over $12 million, was concluded with the Haganah. Arms purchased included 24 500 rifles, 5 000 light machine guns, 200 medium machine guns, 54 million rounds of ammunition and 25 Messerschmitts.
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