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.