Legacy of Zionist Chemical Warfare in Palestine
M. Junaid Alam
redjaguar at attbi.com
Tue Mar 18 19:04:18 MST 2003
Traces of poison
Israel, not Iraq, holds that distinction of being the first country in
the region to use weapons of mass destruction with genocidal intent.
Salman Abu-Sitta* digs into a dark history
At a time when TV screens are filled with images of perceived weapons
of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq among people who are on the verge of
starvation, the West turns a blind eye to the first biological terrorist
in the Middle East, Israel, where the largest depot of WMD between
London and Peking is located.
When confronted with the anomaly, the United States ambassador to the
UN, John Negroponti, responds with typical cynicism, "Israel did not use
these weapons against its people or its neighbours." Assuming that the
ambassador is well-informed, this statement is a patent lie. Israel used
biological weapons even before it was created on Arab soil in 1948 and
ever since. The purpose, according to Ben Gurion, is genocide, and if
not complete, the purpose is not to allow the dispossessed Palestinians
to return to their homes.
POISONING ACRE WATER SUPPLY: In the wake of Haifa's occupation on 23
April 1948 by the Zionists, under the nose of the British Mandate forces
commended by General Stockwell, a man still historically discredited for
this failure, thousands converged on Acre, a nearby city, which was
still Arab under the "protection" of the British forces.
Acre was to be the next Zionist target. The Zionists besieged the city
from the land side, and started showering the population with a hail of
mortar bombs day and night. Famous for its historical walls, Acre could
stand the siege for a long time. The city water supply comes from a
nearby village, Kabri, about 10kms to the north, through an aqueduct.
The Zionists injected typhoid in the aqueduct at some intermediate point
which passes through Zionist settlements. (see map)
The story can now be told, thanks to the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) files which have now become available, 50 years after
the event. A series of reports, under the reference G59/1/GC, G3/82,
sent by ICRC delegate de Meuron from 6 May to about 19 May 1948 describe
the conditions of the city population, struck by a sudden typhoid
epidemic, and the efforts to combat it.
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