|Israel Resource Review
||24th October, 2003
Why does the Israeli consulate
in San Francisco promote Yossi Beilin?
Dr. Yossi Beilin currently holds no public office in Israel. He holds no
seat in the Israeli Knesset. Indeed, Beilin handily lost his bid for
re-election in the Labor Party primaries last year, and wasn't placed high
enough in a small left wing party to be re-elected to the Knesset.
Beilin's previous record of government service over the past twenty years
had been impressive.
He had served as Israel's cabinet secretary, director general of the
foreign ministry, deputy foreign minister, the minister of economic
planning, and minister of Justice.
Yet Yossi Beilin today conducts negotiations with the PLO, on his own, with
a few back benchers of the Israeli Knesset participating.
On Thursday, an Israeli Physician filed a criminal complaint against Beilin
at the Jerusalem Police Headquarters.
Beilin, as a private Israeli citizen, acts in violation of Israel Penal
Code Section 97 B, which clearly states that an Israeli citizen who
negotiates with a foreign power to hand over sovereignty of any portion of
the land of Israel to a foreign entity is liable for indictment and
prosecution on the grounds of treason.
By law, all criminal complaints filed by one citizen against another in
Israel must be followed by a police investigation.
What will be the nature of the police investigation against Beilin? Time
Elyakim Rubenstein, Israel's Attorney General, has indicated
that he is reluctant to prosecute those who are now engaging in these
independent negotiations with the PLO.
Beilin has gone a step further, however, to establish his credentials with
the mainstream of public opinion.
Although current Israeli government condemns Beilin, the government acts as
if he has sanction to do what he is doing.
The President of Israel received Beilin and his delegation in his office on
Although the Israeli President also indicated his disagreement with
Beilin's independent negotiations with the PLO, he invited Beilin to make a
presentation at the office of the President of Israel , following the
Israeli Prime Minister's refusal to host any such presentation. The Israeli
president therefore gave witting or unwitting sanction for Beilin before
his forthcoming trip to the US.
Indeed, what our news agency has uncovered is that Beilin's trip to the US
has been planned in coordinated with the US representatives of the Israel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Indeed, Beilin's own spokesman, Uri Zakkai, indicated that Beilin's
itinerary in Northern California was being arranged through the Israeli
consulate in San Francisco.
Lee Kaplan, head of an Israel advocacy group known as Dafka in Northern
California, contacted the Israeli consulate in San Francisco, after he
learned that Beilin was going to be speaking for the Saudi-funded Center
for Middle East Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
What the spokeswoman at the Israeli consulate told Kaplan was that the
Israeli consulate was helping with all of the arrangements for Beilin's
itinerary in Northern California, and that the Israeli consulate had
arranged for Beilin to give a major address to the Jewish community on
November 2nd, for the JCRC in San Francisco, at Stanford on the same day and at the Center for Middle East Studies at UC - Berkeley on November 3rd.
The spokeswoman at Israeli Consulate in San Francisco followed up her
conversation with Kaplan with by sending him the memo which the Israeli
consulate is now distributing towards Beilin's visit, which describes
Beilin as "a leading proponent of the peace process with Israel's neighbors
and especially the Palestinians, identifying Israel's national interest as
being best served by achieving a fair, just, and comprehensive peace in the
Moreover, the c.v that the Israeli consulate in San Francisco is
circulating about Beilin is the old c.v. for an "M.K. Yossi Beilin" from
when he was in the Israeli government, more than 30 months ago.
Anyone who receives the Israeli consulate's Beilin memo would assume that
Beilin's peace initiative was indeed endorsed by the Israeli government and
that Beilin was still a part of the Israeli government.
The spokesman of the Israeli Foreign Minister told me, however, that the
Israeli consul in San Francisco had assured the Israeli Foreign Minster
that the Israeli consulate had nothing to do with making arrangements for
Beilin's trip and that the Israeli consulate had extended an invitation to
Dr. Yuval Steinitz, the Likud MK who chairs of the Knesset Foreign Affairs
and Defence Committee, to "balance" Beilin after his address to the Jewish
community in San Francisco.
Steinitz says that he never got any invitation from the Israeli consulate
in San Francisco to "balance Beilin".
Meanwhile, the Israeli consulate in San Francisco continues to circulate
the invitation for Beilin to speak on behalf of the government of Israel on
November 8th, 2003.
The question remains: Will the Israeli government remove its sanction from
Beilin's speech? This will be the test of whether the Israeli government
really wants to distance itself from Beilin's independent initiative with
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An Israeli Call for Arab
Dr. Uri Davis
This e-mail was dispatched by Dr. Uri Davis on April 13, 2002,
during Israel's incursion into Jenin. It is included here
because it represents a most virulent example of a native born
Israeli citizen who is committed to fomenting an Arab rebellion
against Israel - DB
Jews! Stand up and be counted!
by Uri Davis
I write as an individual citizen of the State of Israel;
Chair of AL-BEIT: Association for the Defence of
Human Rights in Israel
and expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies,
University of Durham and the Institute of Arab
and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
Witnessing on TV news bulletins the Israeli armour
roll into Ramallah and other cities in the occupied
West Bank and the Gaza Strip; and shocked by the
intensifying war crimes and state terrorism
perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army against
the Palestinian people allegedly in response to
Palestinian individual and/or militia acts of
terrorism; and dismayed by the invasion of the
Israeli tanks into the Headquarters of President
Yasser Arafat in Ramallah - I am motivated to write
and urge fellow members of my tribe, men and
women, people of Jewish background committed to
the values of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, to intensify their action to stop the atrocities
caused by the Israeli occupation and perpetrated
by the Israeli occupation army.
As an individual human person I have the
humanitarian duty, like all other human persons
worldwide, to raise my voice and mobilize to the
best of my ability against injustice and against the
perpetration of war crimes wherever they may be
committed. As a citizen of the State of Israel,
let alone a citizen of the State of Israel classified as
a Jew, I have an additional responsibility to shout in
protest louder and mobilize more urgently against
injustice and war crimes perpetrated by my
Government, since, as a citizen of the State of
Israel, and as a Jew, these atrocities are, alas,
committed in my name.
I therefore raise my voice as loud as I am able to
and shout: not in my name!
Not in my name as an individual person.
Not in my name as a citizen.
Not in my name as a Jew.
As an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
I am acutely aware that the Palestinian people,
expelled and ethnically cleansed from their
homeland under the cover of the 1948 war,
resisting for nearly forty years the Israeli occupation
of 1967, and struggling for their survival in the ugly
shadow of the Sharon Government, are now
threatened with the horrific dangers of additional
massacres and renewed ethnic cleansing.
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is fully
committed to the maintenance and expansion of
the illegal Israeli settlement project in the occupied
West Bank and Gaza Strip. Unless the
Government of the State of Israel is firmly made to
understand that its failure to end the Israeli
occupation and illegal Israeli settlement projects,
it will meet with US, European and international
sanctions - it will, I am afraid, not be deterred.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and a good many of
his Ministers, seem to believe that, if necessary,
they would be justified to advance their illegal
designs for the occupied West Bank (including
Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip also, through the
perpetration of war crimes on a massive scale,
attempting to repeat the mass ethnic cleansing
perpetrated by the Israeli army under the cover of
the 1948 war, and expel the Palestinian people
resident in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip -
this time under the cover of "war against terrorism".
I appeal to my fellow Jews in this critical
circumstance, those of us committed to the values
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
please urgently intensify your action in defence
of the Palestinian people victimized by the Israeli
occupation and threatened with renewed mass
massacres and ethnic cleansing. Do not allow the
fact that Israel will not mass annihilate Palestinians
in gas chambers and burn their bodies in
crematoria blind you to the cruel inhumanity of the
Israeli occupation and the real danger hanging over
the Palestinian people of massacres and mass
expulsion from their home villages and towns.
At this time Israeli troops are sealing off Ramallah
and other Palestinian cities. I get e-mail reports to
the effect that people are not allowed to go out nor
allowed in. Those travelling, desperately searching
for alternative ways and traveling in groups, have
Israeli troops firing upon them. Women with infants
and toddlers in their arms, who were trying
desperately to flee from Ramallah, together with
their young children, are reduced to running along
in the rain through the fields, slipping and falling on
the rocks, trying to reach safety, while Israeli jeeps
speeding across the terrain pulling up from every
direction shoot at them, chasing down people,
hunting them in the fields.
With Ramallah and other Palestinian localities
under total and extended curfew, Israeli troops are
reported to systematically break into homes,
tear families asunder, take away every man 15-60
years of age and herd them into detention camps
and/or dump them in the Gaza Strip. Many families
are not able to trace their relatives and fear for their
lives. People of Jewish background, committed to
the values of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, in concert with all persons similarly
committed to universal values must act, mobilize
and lobby without delay and apply whatever
leverage they have vis-à-vis the State of Israel
demanding SANCTIONS against the State of
Israel NOW with the view to effect an end of Israeli
violations of UN Security Council resolutions,
notably the recent UN Security Council Resolution
1402, and not wait until we hear that hundreds if
not thousands of Palestinians have been
annihilated in mass massacres similar to Sabra and
Shatila twenty years ago and Deir Yasin, Duwayma
and Tantura fifty odd years ago.
I regret to say that unless the Government of Israel
is faced with withdrawal of Jewish contributions,
suspension of US aid to Israel, suspension of the
EU-Israel Association Agreement and UN sanctions -
the Government of the State of Israel, a rogue
state, is likely not to heed the voice of humanity as
reflected in the values of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
Nothing short of sanctions will do.
Jews! Stand up and be counted!
Shout so that the entire world hears:
Not in our name!
Dr Uri Davis is an anthropologist, ordinarily resident
in Sakhnin, an Arab city in Central Galilee,
and Chair of AL-BEIT: Association for the Defence
of Human Rights in Israel;
a critical researcher of Israel and author of a
number of titles on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, most recently
Israel: An Apartheid State,
Zed Books, London, 1987 & 1990
Media Review Network (Abridged Edition),
Observer-Member of the Palestine National
Dr. Uri Davis is also a founding member of
Mosaic Communities -
Multi-National Housing Co-ops in Israel
He is also listed as a "Righteous Jew" in
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Sixteen Reservations Concerning
the Geneva "Understandings"
Dr. Aaron Lerner
The following is based on the text of Yossi Beilin's Geneva Accord as obtained by Haaretz.[With thanks to Gershon Baskin]
A key feature of Beilin's "Geneva Accord" is its anarchic rush to drop supervision (supervision to prevent the smuggling of weapons can last as little as 5 years), or even a semblance of a remnant of Israeli security (a 5.5 years limit for even a small Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley) combined with a cavalier attitude towards the removal of the current terror infrastructure (no time set for disbanding the terror groups and not even a reference the collection and removal of illegal weapons). To make matters worse, the "Accord" allows for the Palestinians to arm themselves with whatever they and a third party decide to allow - regardless of Israel's position.
These and other problems with the "Geneva Accord" cited below are of such great significance that one can only wonder if Beilin and the other withdrawal supporters involved in this project operated on the assumption that no Israeli would have the attention span required to read the text.
#1 While there will be a schedule for Israeli withdrawals, with the first withdrawal "immediately upon entry into force of this Agreement (Article 5, Paragraph 7(b] no time element is associated with the disbanding of "irregular forces or armed bands" (Article 5, Paragraph 1(b)iv).
#2 While the "Accord" does talk about disbanding of "irregular forces or armed bands" (Article 5, Paragraph 1(b)iv), there is no provision for clearing out weapons present in the area of the Palestinian state that are not allowed by the "Accord".
#3 While the "Accord" would detail the weapons the "non-militarized" Palestinian state's Palestinian Security Force could posses is the yet to be written Appendix X, this list can be changed at any time without Israel's consent. ["Any proposed changes to Annex X shall be considered by a trilateral committee composed of the two Parties and the MF (AL: Multinational Force) If no agreement is reached in the trilateral committee, the IVG (AL: Implementation and Verification Group composed of the US, Russian Federation, EU, UN and others) may make its own recommendations." (Article 5 Paragraph 3(b]
#4 Israel is limited to a "small military presence in the Jordan Valley under the authority of the Multinational Force and that presence is only guaranteed for 5.5 years (Article 5, Paragraph 7(f].
#5 The two Early Warning Stations provided for Israel under the "Accord" are guaranteed for only a period of ten years. (Article 5, Paragraph 8(f].
#6 Monitoring of international entry points into the Palestinian state can be terminated by the Implementation and Verification Group composed of the US, Russian Federation, EU, UN and others after 5 years.
#7 During the monitoring period, there is an "unseen" Israeli presence that also monitors what transpires via "appropriate technology". If the Israelis demand an inspection and are not satisfied with the inspection a Multinational Force inspector makes a final and binding decision.
#8 The West Bank is carved out of Israel's air defense envelope. The IAF is barred from patrolling the airspace. "The Parties recognize and respect each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence, as well as the inviolability of each others territory, including territorial waters, and airspace."(Article 4, Paragraph 1(a). The IAF is limited to "use the Palestinian sovereign airspace for training purposes in accordance with Annex X [AL not yet written], which shall be based on rules pertaining to IAF use of Israeli airspace (Article 5, Paragraph 9(b)i.)
#9 While "The Parties recognize the right of states that have hosted Palestinian refugees to remuneration"(Article 7 Paragraph 3(b], there is no reference to the possibility of offsetting the value of Palestinian property "at the time of displacement" against the value of lost Jewish property in Arab countries. And since "No further claims related to events prior to this Agreement may be raised by either Party." (Article 1, Paragraph 2), it appears that the "Accord" would forfeit that right.
#10 Israel is to pay a "lump sum" covering the aggregate value of "Palestinians' property at the time of displacement". This property was not identified as "Palestinian refugee" property but as "Palestinians' property", opening the possibility that land that Israeli Arabs may also claim would be included in the calculation. A third party will determine the size of the "lump sum". (Article 7 Paragraph 9).
#11 There is a permanently open corridor linking the West Bank and Gaza Strip that while under Israeli sovereignty is under "Palestinian administration in accordance with [AL unwritten] Annex X of this Agreement". Israel cannot unilaterally shut down the corridor if the Palestinians abuse it. Disputes over the operation of the corridor are subject to third party arbitration (Article 4, Paragraph 6).
#12 Israel effectively forfeits its sovereign right to carry out defensive operations within the territory of the Palestinian state if the "Accord" falls apart since the Palestinians enjoy the protection of the Multinational Force (Article 5, Paragraph 6(d)ii).
#13 The Waqf may bar Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on the grounds that it disrupts religious worship or decorum on the site (Article 6 Paragraph 5(b)iii.)
#14 While the Oslo Interim Agreement refers to respecting "the ways of worship" and "religious rights of Jews . . . " at religious sites (Annex III, Appendix 1, Article 32) the "Accord" only refers to "access". (Article 10). It should be noted that it is the position of the PA appointed Mufti of Jerusalem as well as the other Palestinian religious officials that while Jews may have "access" to such holy sites as the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem that it is blasphemy for Jews and other infidels to pray at these sites as they are also considered mosques.
#15 All disputes between Israel and the Palestinian state are ultimately subject to imposed third party arbitration (Article 17 Paragraph 4).
#16 Israel is not guaranteed the use of various roads passing inside the Palestinian state such as the roads from Jerusalem to Tiberias via the Jordan Valley and from Jerusalem to Ein Gedi. Instead "Israelis may be granted permits for use of designated roads." (Article 9 Paragraph 4).
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA
Independent Media Review & Analysis.
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