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Power is essentially centralized within a very limited circle in Israel and the Palestinian authority and they are both jealously guard it and maintain it. In fact, there is a certain complicity, a conjunction of interests, some readily apparent in the Separation Barrier. The region is run much as a colonial empire with added features of window dressing seen in throwing rocks, painting murals on walls etc. You have to wonder if its just a game. All a game. The Separation Barrier was a huge infrastructure project that benefited very few people; ostensibly for the security of the citizenry, but realistically it permitted families owning construction companies to expand their footprint in East Jerusalem making their investment “secure” that in a future peace deal their real estate values will take on value.

Eviction from Hebron. ---Between September 2003 and March this year, 420,000 tons of cement were allegedly sent to three big Palestinian companies. According to the report, however, only 33,000 tons were sold in the Palestinian market. The vast bulk was transported to Israel on trucks owned by the three firms. According to Mr Khreishe, the cement was then sold with a mark-up of at least $15 a ton - and possibly as high as $100 - making profits of well over $6 million (£3.4 million) for company executives. The Legislative Council launched an investigation after Egyptian journalists stumbled upon business links between a German Jewish businessman and the Palestinian companies. According to the report, on November 9 last year a letter was sent to Mr Arafat by the Palestinian Authority comptroller, revealing that open-ended import licences for the cement had been signed by Maher al-Masri, the economy minister. The Palestinian Authority comptroller asserted in the letter that the cement was destined for the wall. The letter was allegedly received and seen by Mr Arafat on the same day that he urged people to demonstrate on the first international "Day against the Wall". According to Mr Khreishe, Mr Arafat took no action to stop further imports, which continued for another five months.---Read More:http://www.israelforum.com/board/archive/index.php/t-4963.html image:http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=ec5f654d-df2d-4ab9-8b9b-28dc0d28bc51&sponsor=

And if the settlers are either, invoking the historic trauma of forced resettlement, or willingly moved behind the fence, then real estate values will further climb. Peace seems to be more about a normative peace based on property value and property law, commercial considerations, than a resolution that is profound and brimming with social justice. As long as the ruling elite, -which means no immigrants, Sephardim or Religious in the corridors of policy making within the state apparatus- see the coffers filling, then some consideration will be given to Malcolm X’s “field negroes”

( see link at end) …In February, press reports that cement imported from Egypt through Palestinian companies and ready-made concrete manufactured in the Palestinian village of Abu Dis were being used to build Israeli settlements and the apartheid wall provoked outrage among Palestinians. Israeli television showed trucks transporting cement from a factory originally owned by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qureia to the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, east of occupied Jerusalem. Qureia reportedly had transferred ownership of the plant to other members of his family.

---From its inception, the PA has been marked by corruption, incompetence and mismanagement. For years, top officials enriched themselves through deals and monopolies negotiated with Israeli companies on such essentials as gasoline and other consumer goods. Some of the dozen or so Palestinian “security forces” that sprouted in the heyday of Oslo, existed primarily to protect and enforce these corrupt monopolies. While Palestinians at the grassroots always protested this phenomenon, much of the world community, including the United States and the European Union (the PA’s main financial sponsor) were willing to turn a blind eye to it as long as they thought that the PA was willing to play along with a “peace process” that literally cemented the status quo and provided a cosmetic solution to the deep problems and conflicts that Israel’s establishment had created.---Read More:http://electronicintifada.net/content/deep-rooted-corruption-palestine/5133 image:http://totallycoolpix.com/2011/05/nakba-day/

…In an attempt to mollify public disgust, the Palestinian Authority (PA) ordered an investigation, even as the accusations were vigorously denied. The committee charged with the job, headed by Palestinian legislator Hasan Khreisheh, has now completed its work, according to a June 14 report in the Jordanian daily Ad Dustour.

The investigation was focused on three Palestinian companies owned directly by influential Palestinians or their family members. Two were operating in the West Bank and one in Gaza. Khreisheh said that his committee spent seven months collecting facts and that “compelling evidence and documents adequate for indicting those involved were referred to the public prosecutor”. He also said that “major responsibility in this misconduct lies mainly on the Ministry of National Economy which issued the necessary importation licences without conducting any follow up on where the cement was destined”….

---Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei on Wednesday rejected claims made on Israeli television that a cement company owned by his family provided concrete for Israeli settlements and the Israeli West Bank barrier. "I invite you and I invite the people who said this to come and check on the ground," Qurei told reporters in Rome. "At base this is a report that is not even worth the ink it was written with." Qurei is one of the most vocal opponents of Jewish settlements and the barrier, and restated his opposition to the barrier after a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Qurei comments were his first since Israel's Channel 10 TV reported Tuesday that the Al-Quds Cement Company _ owned by Qureia's family _ has been providing the materials to help build the barrier. The TV report said Qurei was providing the cement to build the concrete slabs right outside his house in Abu Dis, a town near Jerusalem divided by a 25-foot wall. Television footage also showed cement mixers leaving the Al-Quds company and driving to the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, just a few miles away. On Wednesday, journalists who went to the Al-Quds factory mentioned in the TV report were told by workers that the company belongs to the Qureia family. But the managers at the factory refused to talk to reporters, and demanded that a TV crew stop filming the factory immediately.---( AP)---Image:http://msanthropologist.tumblr.com/

Khreisheh blamed the whole Palestinian Cabinet, on the grounds that it is collectively responsible to monitor the imported cement and its use, and prevent the import of quantities exceeding agreed-upon quotas. Judging from previous cases, however, there is little hope that this latest investigation will lead to any real accountability. Six years ago, a Palestinian parliamentary panel conducted an investigation into the shocking fact that almost half of the PA’s budget — $300 million — was unaccounted for, but no action was taken as a result of the panel’s recommendations…. Read More:http://electronicintifada.net/content/deep-rooted-corruption-palestine/5133

The Arab Spring exploded on the premise as well, that the entire Israel as a pretext to repress and oppress was a total sham. A phony threat that permitted a few families in each country to reap benefits from and maintain domestic control, with armies and security apparatus as a state subsidy to protect economic interests and maintain civilian population in a constant stat

anxiety bordering on trauma. and….

Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) is an Irish registered building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products. It has operations in 35 countries, employing approximately 93,500 people. Most of its operations are in Europe and the US. In 2008, profits before tax were €1.6 billion, a decrease of 14% on the previous year…

In 2001, CRH acquired 25% of the Israeli company Mashav Initiating and Development Limited. Mashav owns 100% of Nesher, the sole cement producing company in Israel. In 2007 and 2008, Nesher accounted for 93% of all cement marketed in Israel. Mashav is also involved in several separate subsidiaries, and Nesher itself has many subsidiaries. See appendix 2 for the structure of the company. Through these subsidiaries Mashav has a stake in nearly all construction activity by Israel, from shipping, air freight, transport, packing, stones, cement, and much more. There are also several interesting exclusive contracts which the subsidiary companies. This makes visual investigation relatively easy. For example through its subsidiary Tashtit Construction Machinery, Mashav is the representative in Israel for some Liebherr construction vehicles. These vehicles are easily identifiable by their clear branding, and have already been documented in other projects as used in Israeli construction across the … The Mashav subsidiaries have several other exclusive contracts and/or majority market share, which makes it relatively easy to visually track and record their involvement in the Wall and settlement project.

---An examination of the payrolls of the Palestinian Authority's National Security force, considered the largest of the Palestinian security forces, commanded by General Haj Ismail Jabber, has revealed that salaries for 7,000 fictitious troopers were being paid into his pocket every month. The salaries for police at the lower ranks range from $300-400 a month, which means that some $2 million a month from PA funds was being paid to the general. . . In addition, it turned out that Haj Ismail was receiving the salaries for his troops according to the exchange rate used in Israel, around NIS 4.5 to the dollar, while he paid his troops according to NIS 3.7 to the dollar, a rate used by the PA. That gap meant another half a million dollars a month went into his pocket. ---Read More:http://www.richwainwright.com/blog/foreign-assignments/borders-barriers-israeli-separation-barrier/

…Investigation by volunteers in June 2009 of the East Jerusalem tramway constructions sites and settlement areas in the Occupied Territories has established that Nesher cement products are used in illegal Israeli construction. There are now recorded instances where Nesher products can be seen being used in settlements.Read More:http://projectcleanhands.wordpress.com/

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