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Abu Mazen

Published on 01/14/2005 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Palestinian Arabs


The Abu Mazen make-over by the media

There is something pathologically weird or just sick about the news media when it comes to ennobling Dictators, Terrorists, Drug Lords, and Politicians who are out and out crooks. Somehow these characters are romanticized as star personalities instead of the seedy, cruel, terrorist tyrants they are or where they came from.

Presently, the Grand Make-Over by the Media and high ranking politicians is focused on making over Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen). It is as if he has been shunted through one of those glamour establishments – like Elizabeth Arden where you go in looking frumpy and you exit as a glamorous movie star or – a peace-loving statesman.

So, fellow Journalists, let us for once go through that painful tunnel of truth and speak plainly about Abu Mazen.

In his early years as a student, Mahmoud Abbas was vetted by the Soviets as a likely prospect to penetrate the Arab Muslim network of Terrorists but, also their Cold War against America and the West. The Soviets were infamous for recruiting and training sleeper agents and deadly assassins – like Carlos, the Jackel – now in a French prison.

Abbas was selected to attend the Patrice Lumumba School in Moscow where he was taught the trade-craft of spies and Terror. It is not that he would be called up to use these skills necessarily but, if needed, he would know what to do. To become a mole or Terrorist, one must have the pre-disposition and a psychological profile to warrant such training. Abbas had these qualifications for the Soviets. Abbas also studied in Damascus, Syria – a nation dedicated to Terror.

Mahmoud’s thesis (which was reminiscent of the Soviet forgery called “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”), was dedicated to proving that the Holocaust was a fake.  To the Soviets such an enormous manipulation of history was irrelevant – even when there were miles of film showing Soviet troops entering the death camps which Abu Mazen denied existed.

Abu Mazen was a close confidante of Yassir Arafat and assisted him in the establishment of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) which they inaugurated as an Egyptian enterprise in 1964. The PLO, as you may recall, was initiated as a terror organization meant to harass Israel and to fill the vacuum between lost wars. Abbas was voted into the PLO Executive Committee in 1980.

Successful PLO attributes were to show off to the populations of Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Libya whose leaders had not necessarily ‘lost’ their wars against the Jews but, were merely regrouping. Atrocities of Terror would fill the Arab newspapers as compensation for the humiliation of their defeats.

Let us not forget the PLO Charter which specifies the destruction of Israel. The PLO Charter to destroy Israel was NEVER CANCELLED, although the Media and the U.S. State Department were anxious to accept Arafat at his word. Moreover, Mahmoud Abbas played a key role in drafting the language in the Charter that specified ‘Genocide for the Jewish people – especially in Israel’ in this insidious Charter.

During his time Mahmoud Abbas was a constant companion and advisor to Yassir Arafat. His most important job was as the treasurer for the PLO. That meant that every pre-paid atrocity was known and passed through the hands of Mahmoud Abbas.

The Soviets used Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as a double agent to pump in ideas for Terror operations against Israel and also Americans when they got the chance.   The Soviets would supply weapons, select some targets and use the PLO to intimidate regional Arab powers like the Saudis. This involved considerable blackmail so large payments would go to the PLO to insure the lives of Saudi Kings and Princes against assassination.

Blackmail was only one conduit of PLO financing into Arafat’s personal accounts.  Keep in mind that the PLO Treasurer, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) was close to Arafat in all these operations. The court advisors, so to speak, of Yassir Arafat had to meet the criteria of Terrorist planning. While the media and world leaders speak now about Abu Mazen as a “quiet moderate”, in fact he was equal to Arafat in every respect except charisma. He was deep into all of Arafat’s bloodiest planning.

Whatever Arafat ordered done by way of atrocities, Abu Mazen would be either one of the planners or would soon be advised of the operation. There were thousands of these operations such as the attack at the Munich Olympics which murdered eleven Israeli athletes. During their bloody years, Abu Mazen, was the radical Left’s (Peres and Beilin) close contact to advance Oslo and other plans.

Arafat was tape recorded ordering his Force 17 to execute American Ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noél, his aide George Moore and the French Charges des Affaires. The CIA has that tape. Despite this intercepted phone conversation, giving this order, the U.S. State Department continued to support Arafat’s PLO virtually ignoring the execution of our Ambassador.

Abu Mazen was a permanent part of Arafat’s inner circle which planned and gave orders funding all Terrorist operations. For Abu Mazen that included the massacre of the Israeli children at a school in Ma’alot, northern Israel.

Today (January 12th) we heard President George W. Bush congratulate Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) on winning the election to become President of the PLO. Despite the enthusiasm of the media, he has NOT become President of Palestine, (unless one refers to that territory controlled by the Jews, who were themselves called Palestinians by the British from 1917 to 1948).

Although Abu Mazen was seemingly a quiet, well-dressed, well-spoken Muslim, he was no different that Hitler’s disciples: Heydrich, Goebbels, Eichmann etc., or Saddam’s military board of sadists.

Abu Mazen is directly and indirectly responsible for the murder of thousands of Jews. There is little doubt that he might be assassinated at the earliest possible moment – given that in his quiet, statesman-like way, he will kill more Jews. He has already proclaimed that he will follow Arafat’s policies, including flooding Israel with 3 to 5 million so-called Arab refugees and taking Jerusalem as his capital.

Arafat was protected by American interests against assassination for reasons never explained to the American people. No doubt, the same will hold true for Abu Mazen on orders from the Bush Administration. We are, at this moment, trying to apologize to the Arab Muslim world for taking down the Jihadist Taliban in Afghanistan, followed by the regime change which brought down Saddam Hussein. Reports are coming in that the U.S. plans increased attacks against Syria because of their assistance to Muslim Mujahhadin to kill Americans in Iraq.

No doubt, Sharon has been enlisted to assist giving up the Golan Heights to Syria but, of course only after Syria has been made to compromise. This dangerous withdrawal from the high ground of the Golan and one third of Israel’s fresh water resource would be packaged as an apology to Islam for humiliating the Muslims of Taliban, Iraq and Syria.

Before the Media starts screaming about trial by juries, instead of eliminating Terrorists, keep in mind that there are special Terrorists that deserve attention – such as Osama Bin Laden, Abu Musab Zarkawi and a few dozen other well-known Terrorists whose exploits put them on line to be assassinated on sight.

Had Arafat been assassinated much earlier in his career, thousands of Jews, Americans, Christians and Muslims would have been saved. We are told that the Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, has congratulated Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) on his election and speculation of when he will be invited to the White House. I recall how Shimon Peres shook the hand of Arafat with warmth and enthusiasm while Yitzhak Rabin did so with reluctance. This also took place at the White House accompanied by the “Promise of Peace” in English but, with a different message in Arabic by Arafat which the Media ignored.

Sharon could have had Arafat shot when Israel chased Arafat and his Terror organization out of Lebanon in 1982 (after Arafat had caused a 12 year Civil War that killed 100,000 Christians and Muslims). It was reported that an Israeli sniper had Arafat in his sights but that (under U.S. pressure) Sharon gave the order NOT to shoot.

Clearly, Arafat had to be preserved so later Rabin and Peres could bring Arafat and his Terrorists back from Tunis so he could be a partner in Oslo and what was called the Peace Process followed by a pre-arranged ‘Intifada.


This leads us into another aspect of what Arafat and Abu Mazen – added as part of their war against the Jews. They developed and elevated the employment of children as Terrorist soldiers. This was embodied during the time that Arafat tried to make a mini-state in Lebanon where he and his cohorts managed to kill 100,000 Lebanese, both Christians and Muslims. After dozens of attacks by Arafat’s Terrorists, Israel counter-attacked in June of 1982. They were astonished to meet Arafat’s child soldiers, dubbed by the Israelis as “the RPG kids”. The children aged 10 to 12 carried and fired shoulder-fired Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers. Many Israeli soldiers were killed when they held back from firing on 10 year olds carrying these lethal weapons.

As I was drafting this article, I heard an NPR (National Public Radio) interview of an author, P.W. Singer, who had published a book “Children at War” about child soldiers. He spoke about American soldiers in Iraq being killed and maimed by children carrying RPGs and AK47s. He commented that, you were just as dead if the triggers were pulled by an adult or a child. He said that the Pentagon had not yet developed a policy on killing kids using lethal weapons.

It was Arafat and Abu Mazen who introduced children as fighters against Israel in the name of Allah. The children were also enlisted as fully fledged fighters in the war being fought between Iraq and Iran. I would add that these teachings came straight from Arafat and Mazen as a best choice of human weapons. Much of this warped curriculum was being taught in the Arab Muslim schools of the Palestinian Authority since they gained control with the Oslo Accords in 1993. The schools’ curriculum teaching of children to hate and kill Jews is funded by UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Administration).

The Media, knowing much of this, has not spoken of Abu Mazen as he was and is and will be, with deliberation. Instead, they either glorify him as a soft-spoken moderate on his way to Muslim sainthood or cast him as a statesman. Abu Mazen is a killer in a suit with lots of Jewish scalps attached to his belt under his suit jacket.

In my estimation this makes the Media co-conspirators by knowingly covering up Mazen’s past and, therefore, clears his way to commit more atrocities through the many Terrorist groups he has worked with before and which he will direct now that he is in power.

Perhaps it is time for the Media and our President to leave what Bill Reilly of FOX NEWS calls “The Spin Zone”. Speaking of Abu Mazen as the ‘coming of the Peace Messiah’ is not exactly straight reporting. Moreover, faking a persona of the “peaceful man” so the Israelis can be moved out with all those expected mandatory gestures, before there is a scintilla of cessation of Terror is merely a replay of the Sudetenland betrayal at Munich.

I expect the same cover-up from the pro-Arab State Department as they hope to mold Abu Mazen’s image into that of a statesman to whom Israel can surrender more Land to make peace. With that image the State Department, along with President Bush, can evacuate the Jews and create what most intelligence analysts know will be a powerful Terrorist State, the new center of Global Terror.

Terrorists will pour into whatever Lands the Jews give up – from Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Germany, and Europe. Leading nations, including the United States, have often propped up dictators like Pinochet, Noriega, ‘et al’, as long as they obey their financial and military benefactors. Presumably, they expect payback from Abu Mazen IF he lasts out the year. The U.S. funded Arafat in the hundreds of millions but, he never paid back. Now Mazen is supposed to assemble Arafat’s 10+ Secret Service groups into 3 effective operations (to be trained by the American CIA), which are supposed to control Terror.

The U.S. State Department wanted Israel gone since 1948 and tried, through Arafat, to accomplish that feat. Arafat proved too ugly and uncontrollable so now they have the seemingly moderate face and manners of Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen).  All the talk from the Bush Administration that Abu Mazen must now prove himself is all hogwash. It really will not matter if Abu Mazen can effect a few months of quiet or not.  The story being floated by the Bush Administration and the Media, is that Israel must make all the “peace” gestures – despite the on-going Arab Muslim Terror.

Sharon fits the profile of “Rent-a-Dictator” to carry forward such gestures to abandon the Land, defendable borders and the transferring of Jews from their homes, farms, factories, schools, synagogues, businesses and even their cemeteries. Even as the terrorists began to murder Jews after Mazen’s election, Sharon (like Rabin) immediately began to babble that he would meet Abu Mazen anyway and the Peace Process must limp on.

So dear compatriots of the News Media and investigative reporters – GO TO WORK!  There are search engines everywhere, including your own files which will give you the pedigree of Abu Mazen. If you choose not to look, or once having looked ignore the information, then you have made a personal decision to distort the facts and have allied yourselves knowingly with a Terrorist who was a close advisor to Yassir Arafat.  Subsequent killings, denials notwithstanding, will make you a collaborator in those killings. Changing the persona of a killer means that you are duping the intended victims and exposing them to future murders. In the long (or short run) that endangers you all too.

Calling a murderer a ‘militant’ or an ‘insurgent’ or even a ‘patriotic freedom fighter’ is masking a deadly truth. If the news experts we rely upon to alert us to danger but who minimize that danger with deliberation, then they have made themselves partners with terrorists.

Suppose you brought your child to his or her doctor with a fever and a cough. The Doctor says, “No problem, it’s merely the flu” (knowing its symptoms are pneumonia).  If your child dies because of misinformation, will you calmly accept a deliberate misdiagnosis? You now have been told that Abu Mazen is a quiet killer with a well-documented history so don’t look for a ‘Dan Rather-style’ denial.

Terrorists kill people. They are neither militants, nor insurgents nor, as is too often said, ‘one man’s Terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.’

Gents and Ladies of the Media: “You are killing us with your words!”

Oh, Yes. Abu Mazen just said openly: “The Little Jihad is over and now we begin the Big Jihad!” Please, let us listen for a change!


About the Author



Manny Winston, my late husband, flew from Chicago to Israel to volunteer during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He arrived with US secretary of state Henry Kissinger’s first ceasefire on October 21; I followed on October 30th.

Manny was picking grapefruit at Kibbutz Dalia when his friend, the artists, Sol Baskin called with a permit to enter the war zone. They drove to meet Gen. Ariel “Arik” Sharon at the Suez Canal. “Shalom” Baskin was part of the Mahal volunteers from America to the IDF, and a commissioned officer in Mahal. He was Arik’s commanding officer during the 1948 War of Independence, and they remained friends.

Manny brought his two Leica cameras and photographed an outstanding photo exposé on October 29 and 30. He saw and smelled the “killing fields” He met with Sharon, the young soldiers who had survived the destroyed tanks and he saw how the blown tank turret, flipped upside down destroyed the lives of those brave souls inside.

Manny did see these effects and, because he was a true Renaissance man, a graphic thinker who was a painter, sculptor and political analyst, he envisioned a solution to the weak point of the tank. He described a technique to conquer that weakness to Sharon, who sent him to Maj.-Gen. Israel Tal, the developer of the famed Merkava tank.

Manny’s “leap of imagination” created what became “Blazer” or “Reactive” Armor. He designed rectangles of hollow metal boxes with an explosive charge inside. These ‘so-called’ “skirts” were placed around the neck of the tank turret so that when hit, the explosive charge therein would push the incoming ballistic missile out, thereby saving the tank and its crew. This was compatible with the primary goal of Gen. Tal’s Merkava tanks: Defense of the Tank Crew.

That, along with speed, maneuverability, effective shooting and protection against damaging desert sand, were what made the Merkava “The Tank a Jewish Mother Would Love,” as Manny called it.

He also designed a better bridge for crossing the Canal – easier to carry and assemble, and less susceptible to the huge holes the tanks had already created on the day’s existing bridge.

Manny continued to submit creative concepts for defense and offense to Israel’s military industries – for which he received his Israeli citizenship and security clearance. Many of his concepts and ideas were adopted throughout the years. He never asked for credit or remuneration but even today, I see his concepts being used, either in action or in military articles. Someday I hope to publish the “WINSTON DEFENSE DESIGNS,” either online or in a book – a very big book, with his original drawings.

The Yom Kippur War was a seminal turning point in Israel’s history. We did win. It was a miracle, given the forces mounted against us, in number and backed up the Soviet Union.

We have 40 mounted color photographs by Emanuel A. Winston, ready to show at a traveling or permanent exhibition, which will enhance our appreciation of what our men and generals went through and achieved.

The Yom Kippur War was also a seminal turning point in the lives of the Winston family. It was our second trip to Israel. We had tried to make Aliyah in 1962 but didn’t succeed. I made Aliyah on November 7, 1979. Manny died on June 12, 2012, and is now buried on the Mount of Olives.

I sold the home he built in Highland Park, Illinois, in August 2012, and brought his manuscripts and published papers, to the home I built in Israel in 1992. Two of our sons and their families also live in the Jewish state.

My heartfelt message for you, the reader, is to invite all my friends, family and Internet friends to come to Israel. This is where a Jew can be truly Jewish.

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