U.S., France Pressure PA Not to Seek International Inquiry into Possible Arafat Murder---someone fears the truth will come out.
U.S., France Pressure PA Not to Seek International Inquiry into Possible Arafat Murder
by Richard Silverstein on July 12, 2012 ·
China’s Xinhua news agency reports that
Palestinian officials told it that the PA has come under serious
pressure from the U.S. and France not to seek an international tribunal
to investigate the possible murder of Yasser Arafat:
The Palestinians’ efforts to launch an international
probe into the 2004 death of ex-leader Yasser Arafat face serious
obstacles, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. The obstacles stem from
the opposition by some countries including the United States and
France, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The United States has put pressure on the Palestinian leadership
not to seek such an investigation because it can lead to some negative
consequences on the Middle East peace process…
Of course it will. If Israel is discovered to have killed Arafat, it
will make it look like an utter ass and further alienate Palestinians
(and the world) from Israel. So what the U.S. is saying essentially is
that Arafat’s murder is water under the bridge and it’s far more
important to negotiate a peace deal than dwell on the past. This. of
course ignores the critical importance of justice and accountability in
resolving this conflict.
The Americans seem to have this idea that the Palestinians must
somehow sweep all past injustices under the rug, thus developing a
severe case of historical amnesia. Only through such forgetting can
Palestinians get anything resembling a reasonable deal. Sorry, but I
don’t buy that. Such deals shorn of justice are products of
expediency. Expediency doesn’t bring closure. It brings a temporary
amelioration of symptoms. Then the illness returns in full force with
all the bitterness that entails.
Further, such pressure, if this story is correct, proves that these
two countries have been lobbied by Israel to stop any investigation that
might expose the misdeeds of the Mossad in this case. Once again, the
U.S. and Obama administration carry water for their Israeli ally. It’s
more important to this president to get elected with as many Jewish
votes as he can muster than it is to expose an act of state terror
against the head of a foreign government. Just as Obama supports full-throatedly the drone-murder of anti-American militants, he excuses the murder of Yasser Arafat, yet another expendable Muslim.
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