Ameer Makhoul admits to spying for Hezbollah (CiFs heroic efforts to paint him as a victim seem to have been in vain)



Ameer Makhoul



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The Guardian, on May 11, called on the services of prolific Israel-hater Ben White to offer his sage analysis of the recent arrest, by Israeli authorities, of Ameer Makhoul, head of the NGO, Ittijah.  Makhoul had been charged with espionage and “contact with a foreign agent” (Hezbollah.)  White, never one to disappoint, framed the arrest as “political”, consistent with Israel’s efforts to “silence dissent” and as “the latest manifestation of a deteriorating atmosphere in Israel, with political dissent and human rights groups under attack.”  In fact, White went even further – advancing the view that the arrest was meant to remind folks that Israel “is not a democracy”.

White simply described Makhoul as “a prominent advocate internationally for the need for accountability.”  Of course, White didn’t explain that, per NGO Monitor:

  • Ittijah rejected anti-terror clauses in foundation and government funding agreements, specifically from USAID and the Ford Foundation.
  • During the Gaza war, Ittijah claimed that “the IDF is turning Gaza to kind of an extermination camp, in the full sense of the word and with the full historical relativity.”
  • Helped organize the Bilbao Initiative boycott conference. The final declarationof the initiative states: “this study has concluded that Israel’s regime is a system that uniquely combines apartheid, settler-colonialism and belligerent occupation,” and refers to Israeli “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes,” and “crimes against humanity.”

Well, on Wednesday, Makhoul reached a plea agreement with prosecutors – whose original indictment which was based mainly on Makhoul’s own statements to the police – confessing to charges of conspiring to assist an enemy, contact with a foreign agent and espionage for Hezbollah. Makhoul reportedly gave his Hezbollah handlers the exact location and layout of two Shin Bet facilities as well a Mossad intelligence agency office. He reportedly admitted to meeting with a Hezbollah operative in Denmark, when he agreed to start collecting information on Israeli security services for the terrorist organization.

Just so we’re all clear on the seriousness of Makhoul’s offense, let’s remember that the “political activist” admitted to spying for Hezbollah – a radical Shiite group formed with the aid of Iran in the early 1980s in order to spread Islamic revolution to the Middle East.  From the inception of Hezbollah to the present the elimination of the state of Israel has been a primary goal for the group. Its 1985 manifesto states “our struggle will end only when this entity [Israel] is obliterated.” The group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has referred to Israel as “the state of the grandsons of apes and pigs – the Zionist Jews”.  Hezbollah’s television station, Al Manar, aired a drama depicting a Jewish world domination conspiracy, and made accusations that Jews deliberately spread AIDS.

Outside of rocket fire and terrorist attacks on Israel, Hezbollah was also responsible for the 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 95, in Argentina, as well as the bombing of a U.S. military housing complex, on October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 241 servicemen.

Now that  CiF’s “activist” cause-celebre has pleaded guilty to aiding such a dangerous and hateful organization – an acknowledgement of guilt completely contradicting the characterizations of the arrest by White – the episode will likely go down as one of those follow-up stories that the Guardian somehow won’t get around to publishing.

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  1. “Hezbollah was also responsible for the 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 95, in Argentina”

    iran planned and executed that single deadliest attack against Jewish civilians since World War II. The Iranians used hizbullah to cover their footprints. Ibrahim Berro, who drove the van through the gates of the AMIA building and detonated the bomb, belonged to hizbullah. Iran’s greasy fingerprints are all over the place.

  2. Some interesting comments from the CIF article:

    Naturally Brian Whitaker supports Ben White’s lies:
    11 May 2010 2:05PM
    … The point Ben is making in this article, if I’ve understood it correctly, is that Arab citizens of Israel are increasingly getting the “West Bank” treatment.

    A pearl from JRuskin/Moeran who is known by his accusations of Jewish doctors sexually abusing Palestinian children:
    11 May 2010 2:45PM
    This but one manifestation of a desperate state’s attempt to stifle dissent, not only among Palestinians in Israel but among Israelis who try to travel to Palestine. So much to hide; so little time.

    Rapport proudly eats Ben White’s droppings:
    11 May 2010 3:34PM
    The article clearly confirms the reality of practices often talked about but systematically denied by Israel’s e-troopers.
    Also, the use of gagging orders on reporting this kind of assaults indicate these are by no means isolated incidents but becoming the norms by which this ‘democracy’ operates.

    In the last comment on this thread Pretzelberg sums it up perfectly:
    12 May 2010 2:18PM
    But as he’s not a journalist I suppose Ben can get away with this kind of thing. And it’s not as if there are any doubts about his bias.

  3. Ben White called Makhoul’s action ‘dissent’, and Israel’s actions ‘suppression’ of it.

    It is highly analogous to Howard Jacobson’s observation of what the anti-Israel brigade cram into the meaning of ‘criticism’.

  4. Ben White was responsible for the Just Peace document of an earlier article, and for liaising with fellow Anglican Desmond Tutu to sign it.

    It’s interesting that Ben White’s Anglican Christian non-violent pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel activism includes defending pro-Hizbullah espionage.

  5. peterthehungarian (I know you know this – but for the record): re JMuskin or whatever his tag is:

    Christian Aid was expected to be reported to the Charity Commission this week after it claimed Israeli settlers had sexually abused Palestinian children in Hebron.

    The charity issued an unreserved apology following the false claims, made after social worker Miranda Pinch travelled to the West Bank.

    As for Makhoul, hell will freeze over before Whitaker, Harriet S and Shabi reports on this.

  6. John

    Christian Aid has been forced to apologise, but Moeran/Ruskin’ comments claiming that IDF doctors and Sin-Beth personnel systematically abuse small Palestinian children remain uncensored on CIF until today. Christian Aid and the Manchester Guardian are united in making classic anti-semite libels – they are united in their hate of the Jews.

  7. Dr. Lozowick has an interesting post about Amnesty International’s reaction of Makhoul’s arrest. This organisation obviously became a member of the Christian Aid – Guardian crowd.

    Israel must stop harassment of human rights defender
    12 May 2010

    Amnesty International has called on the Israeli authorities to end their harassment of a human rights activist whose week-long detention by the Israeli authorities was extended today

    “Ameer Makhoul is a key human rights defender, well-known for his civil society activism on behalf of the Palestinian citizens of Israel,” said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
    “His arrest and continued detention smacks of pure harassment, designed to hinder his human rights work. If this is the case, we would regard him as a prisoner of conscience call for his immediate and unconditional release.”
    “In the unlikely event that there are genuine grounds to prosecute Ameer Makhoul he should be charged with recognizable criminal offences and brought promptly to trial in full conformity with international fair trial standards,” said Philip Luther.

    yes Mr. Luther… unlikely event…


  8. “in October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 241 servicemen.”

    And the French marines?

  9. There is an interesting sort of racism at work at the Guardian. No matter how foul a record, no matter how great a liar, its enough that Makhoul is an Arab for them to jump in bed with him via an article praising him by his similarly disgusting cohort, Ben White.

    There is no sense that Whitaker et al should investigate the Makhou;’s background in depth – enough that he’s an Arab, opposes israel, and is praised by the likes of Ben White and he is elevated to sainthood on CiF.

  10. “Naturally Brian Whitaker supports Ben White’s lies:
    11 May 2010 2:05PM
    … The point Ben is making in this article, if I’ve understood it correctly, is that Arab citizens of Israel are increasingly getting the “West Bank” treatment.”

    Yeah “dissent”.

    They probably called it that when they supported the USSR during the cold war.

    Who takes BW seriously anyway?

    Hezbollah has always been the darling of the Guardian. They are what the Nazis and Communists used to be in 30s.
    The “resistance”.

    Ian Williams eulogizes their Holocaust denying mullah and BW considers their terrorism and genocidal fascism is “dissent”.

    He “understands” antisemitism remember !!!

  11. White is encouraging Palestinian nationalism within Israel i.e. the opposite of more rights for Isaeli Arab citizens:

    ‘In the West, even talking about Palestinian citizens inside Israel risks confusion, since for so long they have been referred to as “Israeli Arabs” or “Arab Israelis.” This is a formulation intended to obfuscate their Palestinian identity, a discursive erasure symbolic of far more brutal methods (some of which are described below).’

    The tenor of his writing is that BDS seeks the goal of the end of Zionism, and the end of the Jewish state, not merely an end to occupation of the West Bank, and a negotiated two state solution.

    Ben White is a de facto ally of Hizbullah and Hamas, his professed acceptance of a two state solution in fact premised on an Israel whose Jewish majority will not long last, before it is subsumed into an Arab, then Palestinian state.

    His is the Christian equivalent of Hamas’ hudna and jihad until Israel’s extinction. And the two work hand in hand, or step in step.

  12. I’m gueesing that Ben White must also encourage the continued formation and expansion of Islamist enclaves in the UK.