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Ahmed Jabari (1960 - 2012

by Stephen Lendman Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Palestine

Ahmed Jabari (1960 - 2012)

by Stephen Lendman

On November 15, thousands in Gaza City residents mourned Jabari's assassination. Israel murdered him the previous day in cold blood.

Score another victory for occupation harshness. Add one to the column of Israeli crimes against humanity. Volumes are needed to list them. Israel lives by the sword of injustice. One day perhaps it will perish for its villainy.

Hamas officials and Qassam Brigades leaders stayed away from Jabari's funeral for their safety. They're marked men. IDF spokesman General Yoav Mordechai said, "Were I a Hamas operative, I would opt to shelter underground."

Mourners carried Jabari's body ritualistically. Others fired guns in the air chanting, "You have won."

London Telegraph writer Phoebe Greenwood said Gazans called his assassination "the straw that's broken the camel's back. The people are saying that 'we don't care. We want all our men to fight. We've got nothing to lose now.' "

Gaza is in "emergency mode." People are angry and defiant. The London Independent headlined "Massed Israeli troops poised for invasion of Gaza," saying:

"Military sources told The Independent that a ground invasion was 'a distinct possibility.' The army has deployed extra infantry units near the Gaza border, halted major exercises, cancelled soldiers' leave and mobilized some reserve forces."

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and its military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigade, mourns Jabari's death. They called him a martyred liberating struggle "great leader."

They promised greater resistance. They called for Palestinian unity and solidarity against a common enemy. PFLP's Political Bureau spokesman said:

"The crime committed by the Zionist gangs by assassinating martyr commander Ahmed Jabari represents a new crime against our people, and confirms beyond any doubt that we are facing an aggressive, racist terrorist entity that does not understand anything but the language of confrontation and resistance."

They promised Israel would pay a heavy price. Its crime won't go unpunished.

Jabari was born in 1960 in Gaza City's Shujaiyya neighborhood. His family was activist. He earned a BA degree in history at Gaza's Islamic University.

Earlier he allied with Fatah. In 1982, he was imprisoned for 13 years. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood before Hamas was established.

He met future Qassam Brigades leader Salah Shehadeh and other Hamas figures. He became politically and militarily active. After release from prison in 1995, he ran a Hamas-affilated organization. It worked for current and former prisoners. In 1997, he worked with the Hamas-connected Islamic Redemption party.

In 2002, an Israeli air strike killed Shehadeh and seriously injured his successor, Mohamed Deif. In August 2004, Jabari gained Qassam Brigades operational control. He built it into a 10,000-strong force.

He helped Hamas maintain control of Gaza after Abbas established an illegitimate West Bank coup d'etat government. He's known as Qassam Brigades commander.

He was actually second in command to the figure who hasn't been seen since the early 1990s. Called "the general,” he survived several earlier assassination attempts.

In 2004, Israeli helicopters targeted his Shujaiyya home. He was slightly wounded. His oldest son, Muhammad, his brother, and three other relatives were killed at the time.

He gained prominence for his role in capturing Gilat Shalit and negotiating his release in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. After Cast Lead, he gained greater political influence.

Haaretz writer Jack Khoury asked "Who was Ahmed Jabari? He was well known and respected in Gaza. He didn't gain prominence until negotiations for Shalit's release. Many considered him the most important military and political Hamas leader.

"A former inmate who shared his prison cell told Haaretz that Jabari was a dominant figure in the prison."

"We would sit and drink tea. It was a different period, before the first intifada, and he wasn't considered a leader at that time and didn't think he would reach such a senior position."

In Gaza, he was active in Hamas' charitable work. He was in charge of coordinating fundraising and military activities.

He became influential in establishing ties with senior Hamas figures abroad. In 1998, the PA arrested him. He was released when the second Intifada erupted in September 2000.

Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin said Israel erred in killing him. Lives on both sides will be lost.

Hours before he was assassinated, he got a truce agreement draft. It included ways for establishing ceasefire in case of future flare-ups.

Israel knew he was working with Egypt to establish permanent truce. Nonetheless, the killed him.

Israel abhors peace and stability. Its agenda depends on conflict and violence. It blames victims for its own crimes. It gets away with murder with impunity.

Blood could have been spared, said Baskin. Instead, Israel chose to keep living by the sword. Netanyahu will probably benefit in January elections. Israelis aren't smart enough to spurn him.

Baskin said Jabari believed Israeli/Palestinian hostility benefitted neither side. Several times he prevented Hamas attacks on Israel.

When rockets were launched, open spaces were targeted to avoid Israeli casualties.

Baskin showed Defense Minister Barak a copy of the draft truce agreement. Instead of choosing conflict resolution, he "decided not to decide."

Jabari "was in line to die, not an angel and not a righteous man of peace, but his assassination also killed the possibility of achieving a truce and also the Egyptian mediators' ability to function."

In other words, peace was possible. Israel willfully sabotaged it. They did it other times to perpetuate conflict. Palestinians are blamed for Israeli belligerence and violence.

Baskin added:

"I am mainly sad. This is sad for me. I am seeing people getting killed and that is what is making me sad. I tell myself that with every person who is killed we are engendering the next generation of haters and terrorists."

Israel killed Jabari to further violent conflict. Haaretz contributor Aluf Benn said "Israel killed its subcontractor in Gaza."

Jabari was in charge of maintaining Gaza security. Israel relied on him to maintain order. At the same time, he was called "an arch-terrorist," "the terror chief in charge," and "our bin Laden."

Israel pulls the same stunts as Washington. Enemies are invented to stoke fear.  

Benn said in return for maintaining order, Israel funded Hamas "through the flow of shekels in armored trucks to banks in Gaza, and continued to supply infrastructure and medical services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip."

Amounts given were woefully inadequate. It's surprising anything was provided under conditions of siege. Jabari was also key in securing Shalit's release. In captivity, he ensured his welfare and safety.

Perhaps his subcontractor services weren't good enough. He could control Hamas but not other resistance groups. He was warned to restrain them. Israel's message was clear. "You failed, you're dead."

According to Barak, "In the Middle East, there is no second chance for the weak." Killing Jabari will be remembered as another pre-election gambit to win votes.

Professor Yagil Levy calls it "fanning the conflict as an intra-state control strategy." External conflict enlists domestic support for greater safety and security. Israel chose this route many times before. Cast Lead was most recent on the eve of 2009 elections.

It helped elect Ehud Olmert. Netanyahu hopes he'll be advantaged the same way. On January 22 he'll know. At the same time, Israel needs a new Gaza subcontractor.

It also has other regional challenges. Post-election, it remains to be seen if Israel loses more than it gains by killing Jabari. Palestinians and supporters intend to see things turn out that way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
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