Israel's intentions, with the protection of the White House, were alerted by Fidel and Arafat. Photo: Liborio Noval

Israel’s objective has always been to eliminate the Palestinian people, supported by the impunity provided by the United States veto in the United Nations Security Council.

Author: Pedro Rioseco Lopez-Wheat |

May 13, 2024 22:05:14
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

«The question of Palestine is the core of the Middle East problem. “Both form an integral whole, which cannot be solved separately.” This was warned almost 45 years ago by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, in the xxxiv Period of Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in New York.

He reiterated that, for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), made up of the majority of the world’s nations, Israel’s determination to continue its policy of aggression and colonial expansionism “constitutes a serious threat to world peace and security.”

Fidel added in that meeting that “the basis of just peace in the region begins with Israel’s total and unconditional withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories,” which had the support of the majority of the delegations present.

According to the Commander-in-Chief, such action would entail the return of the occupied Palestinian territories and “the recovery of their inalienable national rights, including the right to return to their homeland, to self-determination and to the establishment of an independent State, of under General Assembly Resolution 3236.

«This implies the illegality and nullity of the measures adopted by Israel in the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories, as well as the establishment of colonies or settlements in Palestinian lands and in the other Arab territories, the immediate dismantling of which is a requirement for the solution of the problem. », he added.

The first president of the State of Palestine, Yasser Arafat, questioned, in an interview with the undersigned, about Israel’s continuous attacks on Lebanese and Palestinian areas: «Who are the real terrorists? Is it perhaps the Soviet Union, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Cuba, or is it Israel and, behind them, the United States?


Looking back at history, on June 7, 1981, an Israeli Air Force squadron bombed and destroyed, in Iraq, the plant where a nuclear reactor was being assembled in Tammuz, near Baghdad.

The following year, the far-right Lebanese phalanx in Beirut, led by the Israeli Army, murdered at least 1,300 civilians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in the Lebanese capital, the majority of whom were women and children.

The massacre, perpetrated on September 16, 17, and 18, was classified as an act of genocide by the United Nations General Assembly through its Resolution 37/123, but no one was prosecuted.

Yasser Arafat described these acts of prolonged aggression by Israel as “a war of annihilation, for the Palestinian Revolution, the PLO, and for the Palestinian and Lebanese people, by clear North American orders.”

At the same time, he stressed that “In this war, the most modern North American weapons were used, including internationally prohibited weapons, which unleashed their hell against civilians,” and specified that “it is not the Israeli force alone, it is the North American weapons used, it is the American orders executed by Israel.

“Our Arab nation is facing the challenge of being or not being,” Arafat argued. “There is something very dangerous, our children are threatened, our future too,” and “threatening security in the Middle East is threatening security in the world,” he stressed.

The former president of the State of Palestine specified that the Palestinians and Lebanese, “both inside the occupied territories and outside them, live in very harsh circumstances and face permanent oppression by the Israeli occupiers and systematic state terrorism.”


Arafat explained this obsessive interest because “the Palestinian Revolution is a strategic factor of change in the Middle East, which is why the imperialist, colonialist and Zionist concentration in this area is very great. The people’s will cannot be defeated, and our enemies go against the current of history. “Time is always the ally of people,” he emphasized.

The death of Yasser Arafat at the age of 75, on November 11, 2004, for many in the world, constituted an assassination ordered by the intelligence services of Israel and the United States, as it was due to an illness derived from polonium poisoning. (Po210), a rare, highly radioactive metalloid, only isolated in developed countries.

Eighteen years after his departure, an autopsy was performed, requested by his wife, at the hands of international teams of scientists from Switzerland, France, Palestine, and Russia. Both the Russian and Palestinian teams determined that Arafat “did not die of illness or old age but from a poisonous material.” At the same time, the investigation, according to French justice, ruled out that he died of poisoning.

However, British forensic scientist David Barclay, who studied the report, said: “I have no doubt that a lethal dose of Po210 had been administered or ingested by Arafat in 2004, which caused his death. Conclusive proof is that the polonium found in Arafat’s exhumed body was 18 times higher than normal,” he stressed.

The unquestionable reality is that Arafat’s existence represented a challenge for Israel since he was identified worldwide as the undisputed leader of the Palestinian people, a survivor of various attacks, and an exponent of a secularism that made it impossible to present him as an extremist Islamic, and the validity of His thoughts and his denunciations have been corroborated by history.

Israel’s intention under the protection of the White House is clear and current, not only due to the arguments of great leaders in history, such as Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat but also due to the more than 30,000 civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip. which confirms this, as does the food blockade that daily claims victims due to malnutrition, elements that are still pending trial.

The question that Arafat asked then remains valid: who are the terrorists, and what is the world waiting to stop and condemn them?


By US-Cuba Normalization Committee

Organizing Committee, International and Nationwide Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations.