- Israel is developing a biological `ethnic
bomb' that kills Arabs, but leaves Jews unharmed. So claimed the respected
London Sunday Times on 15 November, citing Israeli military and western
- In 1986, the Times broke the story of
Israel's covert nuclear weapons arsenal, based on evidence supplied by
an Israeli nuclear technician, Mordechai Vanunu, who was subsequently kidnapped
from Rome by Israeli agents. Vanunu is currently serving 18 years solitary
confinement in Israel.
- Numerous reliable sources assert Israeli
scientists at super-secret Nes Ziona bio-warfare laboratory near Tel Aviv
are attempting to engineer deadly micro-organisms that only attack DNA
within the cells of victims with distinctive Arab genes. Some leftwing
Israeli parliamentarians have accused the government of `carrying on the
work of Dr Mengele,' the notorious Nazi geneticist.
- At least one of Israel's world-renowned
scientific institutes is also said to be deeply involved in the biowarfare
project. Nes Ziona roduces a wide range of chemical and biological weapons:
it is reportedly larger than all Arab and Iranian biowarfare laboratories
- Embarrassingly for Israel and the US,
Dutch authorities recently revealed an Israeli cargo plane that crashed
in Amsterdam in 1992 was secretly carrying precursor chemicals for the
deadly nerve gas, Sarin. The chemicals, supplied by a US company, with
full US government export approval, were consigned to Nes Ziona.
- A 1993 report by Russian intelligence
said Israel began producing chemical weapons in the mid-1960's, had a very
large stockpile, and was conducting advanced research into `physiologically
- Israel's government strongly denies accusations
it is making a `gene bomb,' insisting they are disinformation planted by
Arab sources to justify Iraq's biowarfare program. Many scientists say
such a weapon is impossible - a fiction right out of Fu Manchu. However,
Porton Down, Britain's biowarfare centre, admits genetic-specific weapons
are theoretically possible.
- South Africa's Truth Commission revealed
the apartheid government conducted extensive efforts in mid 1980 to produce
a `pigmentation' bio-weapon that would kill blacks, but not whites. South
Africa's director of biowarfare stated his team had been unable to develop
- I learned of this project while in South
Africa in 1988.It was referred to as a `Kafir buster,' and designed for
use in urban warfare, primarily against mobs of uncontrollable rioters.
My sources say South Africa was much closer than admitted to developing
an `ethnic bullet.' This technology, claim a number of sources, was passed
on or sold to Israel. Former allies South Africa and Israel also extensively
shared nuclear technology.
- Why would Israel need bioweapons? Israelis
say to counter Iraq's small, but still worrying, biowar capability. But
Israel's huge nuclear arsenal adequately deters any potential Iraqi attack.
It's very hard for me to believe little Dr Mengele's at Nes Ziona are
developing fiendish weapon to `cleanse' the region of Arabs. Besides,
Arabs are a genetic hodgepodge, lacking uniform DNA. Many Sephardic Jews
and Arabs are genetically similar.
- A selective `ethnic bomb' would only
be useful at close quarters. Israel cannot employ its tactical nuclear
weapons - nor advanced neutron bombs - near its own borders. Even nuclear
strikes on Damascus, Golan, Beirut, or Cairo would carry clouds of radioactive
dust over Israel. Short of mass extermination, targeted genetic weapons
would only make sense used against the West Bank and Gaza, in Jordan, or
to open gaps in echeloned Syrian fortified lines before Damascus.
- US intelligence says Russia is also working
on targeted bioweapons, likely aimed at Chinese, as well as newly engineered
germs resistant to all known drugs. Many Russian scientists have emigrated
to Israel, already a world leader in biology, bringing a cornucopia of
biowarfare secrets with them.
- Let's hope these reports are false.
Ethnically targeted bioweapons are truly terrifying - and, if they spread,
a excellent way to speed the human race to extinction. In fact, these `smart
germs' make nuclear weapons look downright medieval.
- c. Eric Margolis 1998
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