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I söndags skrev Ulf Bjereld en artikel på Newsmill med rubriken Återigen stora skillnader i synen på Israel mellan s och de borgerliga. Förmodligen är det inte Bjereld själv som valt det, men träffande nog pryds artikeln av en bild på de goda vännerna Yassir Arafat och Sten Andersson.

Ingen människa torde ha åsamkat större elände för både israeler och palestinier än just Arafat. Skadan orsakade han på två sätt – hans renodlade antisemitism gjorde att han aldrig strävade efter fred, utan enbart efter en militär seger, och hans gigantiska försnillning av biståndspengar bibehöll den ekonomiska misären bland palestinier. Enligt magasinet Forbes kom Arafat 2003 på sjätte plats på listan över ”världens rikaste kungar, drottningar och despoter”, en lista som visserligen ska tas med en stor nypa salt…men ändå.

Den engelska vänstertidningen Guardian frågade 2004 varför Arafats fru Suha, som bode i lyx i Paris, månatligen fick in 1 miljon euro på sitt konto

The family has been reported as occupying an entire floor at the luxury Bristol Hotel, though this is denied by hotel management. She is also said to receive some $100,000 (£53,000) a month from the Palestinian Authority.

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Biståndspengar försnillades inte bara till nära och kära, utan även till att finansiera terror. Arafats ekonomiske rådgivare, Fuad Shubaki, berättade 2006 att biståndspengar gick till vapenköp.

Shubaki estimated that $7-10 million were used every two years to purchase arms for the Gaza Strip, and another $2 million were spent on weapons for the West Bank. The money, he said, came from international aid to the PA, tax money Israel routinely transferred to the PA and taxes collected in the Gaza Strip. Shubaki confessed to involvement in the purchasing of weapons for the head of the Tanzim terror group in Gaza, used in attacks against military installations and Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip.

När israelisk militär 2002 beslagtog ett fartyg lastat med 50 ton iranska vapen på väg till den palestinska myndigheten, skrev Ion Pacepa en artikel i Wall Street Journal. Ion Mihai Pacepa, rumänsk underrättelseofficer, är den högst rankade underrättelseofficer som någonsin hoppat av från ”Östblocket”.

I am not surprised to see that Yasser Arafat remains the same bloody terrorist I knew so well during my years at the top of Romania’s foreign intelligence service. I became directly involved with Arafat in the late 1960s, in the days when he was being financed and manipulated by the KGB. In the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel humiliated two of the Soviet Union’s Arab client states, Egypt and Syria. A couple of months later, the head of Soviet foreign intelligence, Gen. Alexander Sakharovsky, landed in Bucharest. According to him, the Kremlin had charged the KGB to ”repair the prestige” of ”our Arab friends” by helping them organize terrorist operations that would humiliate Israel. The main KGB asset in this joint venture was a ”devoted Marxist-Leninist”–Yasser Arafat, co-founder of Fatah, the Palestinian military force.
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When I first met Arafat, I was stunned by the ideological similarity between him and his KGB mentor. Arafat’s broken record was that American ”imperial Zionism” was the ”rabid dog of the world,” and there was only one way to deal with a rabid dog: ”Kill it!” In the years when Gen. Sakharovsky was the chief Soviet intelligence adviser in Romania, he used to preach in his soft, melodious voice that ”the bourgeoisie” was the ”rabid dog of imperialism,” adding that there was ”just one way to deal with a rabid dog: Shoot it!” He was responsible for killing 50,000 Romanians.

I en annan artikel i samma tidning, daterad 27 september 2003, berättar samme Pacepa:

The Israeli government has vowed to expel Yasser Arafat, calling him an ”obstacle” to peace. But the 72-year-old Palestinian leader is much more than that; he is a career terrorist, trained, armed and bankrolled by the Soviet Union and its satellites for decades.

Before I defected to America from Romania, leaving my post as chief of Romanian intelligence, I was responsible for giving Arafat about $200,000 in laundered cash every month throughout the 1970s. I also sent two cargo planes to Beirut a week, stuffed with uniforms and supplies. Other Soviet bloc states did much the same. Terrorism has been extremely profitable for Arafat.
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Next, the KGB gave Arafat an ideology and an image, just as it did for loyal Communists in our international front organizations. High-minded idealism held no mass-appeal in the Arab world, so the KGB remolded Arafat as a rabid anti-Zionist. They also selected a ”personal hero” for him–the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, the man who visited Auschwitz and reproached the Germans for not having killed even more Jews. In 1985 Arafat paid homage to the mufti, saying he was ”proud no end” to be walking in his footsteps.

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