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British envoy: Israel converted Palestinian towns to “concentration camps"
|Occupied Jerusalem - The British Ambassador to Israel has accused Israel of reducing the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to "two vast concentration camps."
The Israeli paper, Yedeot Ahranot, on October 14 quoted the Ambassador as telling Israeli officials that Israeli treatment of ordinary Palestinians was "absolutely unacceptable."
"You have reduced the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to two vast concentration camps, you are imposing collective house arrest on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and you are hunting down innocent people in the streets."
British MP: Rise against West
London: British MP George Galloway called on Arabs to wake up to a Western plan aimed at carving the Arab world into smaller and even weaker states and to take to the streets in massive demonstrations in an attempt to counter such a scheme.
Galloway spoke on October 11 at Issam Fares Hall at the American University of Beirut, urging students to take action if they wanted to avoid a century in which they will see their resources stolen and continued Israeli domination in the region.
"Are you prepared to let foreigners decide which country will be governed by which ruler or not?" he asked. "Because if your answer is yes, you will face a 21st century exactly like the 20th century ... your wealth will be taken away and Israel will be the superpower of the region and you will accept that Palestinians will never have justice."
Galloway told the audience that people in Britain have done their bit by organizing protests against a war on Iraq. But he said it is time for Arabs to demonstrate that they can threaten interests of the West in the region. "I led the biggest demonstration in the history of Britain two weeks ago, half a million people marched through the streets of London under the slogan 'Justice for Palestine and no war in Iraq,'" the MP said.
"So where are the demonstrations in the Arab world? What's wrong with you people? How can you sit and watch this happen? How long are you willing to wait? The stakes are high and the time is short," Galloway warned.
Galloway said that he regularly passes two rooms in the British Parliament where the 1917 Balfour declaration, promising the Jews Palestine, was written and where the Sykes-Picot plan to carve up the Middle East was devised.
Since Sept. 11, he said, a third room had opened where new maps for the region are being drawn up.
"People who have never visited this region before, who don't speak a word of your language, who don't give a damn about your interests are working on creating a new map for the Arab world."
He said that British officials are deciding whether Saudi Arabia will be two or three countries and if Sudan will be two states or not. Their intention, according to Galloway, is to create a holy Saudi Arabia for the Muslims and keep the other Saudi Arabia that has oil fields for themselves.
"They are discussing who will rule which country in the Arab world and they won't dream of asking your permission or your advice," he said. Galloway told the audience that the rulers of the Arab countries, installed by Britain and France over 80 years ago, remain the same today.
"These puppets and corrupt kings, they have governed not in the interest of their own people, but in the interest of the West. They stole wealth God has given the Arab world and spent it not on the development of their own countries, but in the bordellos, casinos and stock exchange markets of Paris, London and New York," he said.
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