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ISRAELIS AND U.S. CONGRESS POUND PALESTINIANS

April 6, 2001

EACH IN THEIR OWN WAYS

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/06: What is happening now is the result of all the past years of ineptitude, corruption, stupidities, and mistakes by the the various Arab "client regimes", Yasser Arafat's included of course, as well as from the various "client organizations" allied with them, especially in the US. Those who suffer the most are the common ordinary people of Palestine, of Iraq, and of other countries in the region where repression and impoverishment are the norm. Basic revolutionary changes are long overdue; and without such the situation cannot be expected to improve, only to get worse.

This is the price being paid today for the miserable past; and it is the direct result of the policies of the Arab, including Palestinian, "leaders", most of whom remain in power today. The future is likely to be worse still as long as these "leaders" are not made to account for what they have allowed to take place and the terribly repressive and corrupt systems they have put in place with the help of the Americans, and Israelis as well, brought to an end.

ISRAELI TANKS POUND TARGETS IN GAZA

GAZA (Reuters - 6 April) - Israeli tanks pounded Palestinian targets in Gaza on Friday after helicopters swept into action in retaliation for bomb attacks on two towns inside Israel.

The violence and Thursday's killing of an Islamic militant in a phone booth explosion in the West Bank followed U.S.-arranged Israeli-Palestinian security talks earlier in the week that brought no break in the cycle of bloodshed.

Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said the goal of Israel's military operations was to push Palestinian President Yasser Arafat back to the negotiating table.

"I think Arafat is a partner (to peace) and I will continue to see him as a partner," Ben-Eliezer told Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth.

Israel stepped up its attacks amid international criticism of its latest plan to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

France and Egypt followed Washington's tough reaction to the plan with statements on Friday. Egypt said Palestinians could not be blamed for reacting to the Israeli "provocation."

Tanks pounded a Palestinian security outpost near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, where mortar bombs landed overnight, Israel Radio reported.

The army said it attacked in response to Palestinian mortar fire on villages in Israel and Gaza, which caused no casualties.

Palestinian Public Security Chief Major-General Abdel Razek al-Majaydeh said four security posts were hit in the second attack by Israeli helicopter gunships on Gaza in 48 hours.

Five people were slightly wounded, hospital sources said.

Stone-throwing Palestinians confronted Israeli soldiers in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Qalqilya, Bethlehem and Hebron. Twenty-five were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, hospital sources and witnesses said.

Three more stone-throwers were shot in the legs by live bullets in the West Bank village of Al-Khader near Bethlehem, hospital sources and witnesses said.

The army was not immediately available for comment but its spokesman said it was making little progress against the uprising.

"Since the end of September we have been trying to extinguish the Palestinian bonfire and you could say we have not succeeded," said Brigadier-General Ron Kitrey, chief spokesman of the Israeli army.

At least 369 Palestinians, 71 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed in the Palestinian uprising for independence that erupted in September after peace talks failed.

ISLAMIC JIHAD VOWS REVENGE

As Israel prepared for the week-long Passover holiday, commemorating the biblical exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, the militant Islamic Jihad group vowed to avenge the killing of one of its West Bank leaders.

Iyad al-Hardan was blown up in a telephone booth which he often used, about 10 meters (yards) from a Palestinian prison where he was jailed.

"We affirm to the leaders of the enemy that our struggle persists and that assassinations and liquidations will not affect our march," Islamic Jihad, which has carried out bombings in Israel, said in a statement faxed to Reuters in Beirut.

It said it had fired mortar bombs on Nahal Oz, a kibbutz inside Israel, in response to the killing of Hardan.

Palestinian officials also blamed Israel for Hardan's death, the latest in what they say is a string of assassinations of activists on the front line of the uprising.

Kitrey said the army was not responsible, but he did not deny that other Israeli security forces may have killed Hardan.

"I did not say that the Israeli army did not know," he told Israel's Army Radio. "I said the Israeli army was not involved."

The 1996 Israeli killing of accused master bombmaker Yahya Ayyash, known as The Engineer, with a booby-trapped cellular phone, triggered a wave of revenge suicide bombings in which scores of Israelis died.

U.S. CONDEMNS SETTLEMENT POLICY

The United States rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government on Thursday over its latest plans to build 700 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

Using unprecedentedly harsh language, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher called the plans "provocative."

France accused Israel on Friday of having "taken a wrong turning."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau criticized "the provocative announcement of the resumption of settlements in the occupied territories, the continuation of the so-called extrajudicial murders (and) the military clashes in Gaza..."

A spokesman for Sharon said on Friday the move did not change Israeli policy of building no new settlements but constructing more homes in existing ones.

Palestinians hailed the U.S. criticism but called for greater pressure on Israel to stop all settlement activity.

"There is a beginning of American involvement but the Americans are required to put pressure on Israel to stop settlements and implement the signed agreements," Nabil Abu Rdainah, an adviser to Arafat, told Reuters.

Dore Gold, an adviser to Sharon, rejected the U.S. criticism. "We respect the American viewpoint but we have our opposition (to the U.S. viewpoint) as well," he said.

SOME U.S. LAWMAKERS LOOK FOR MIDEAST REASSESSMENT

WASHINGTON (Reuters - 6 April) - Nearly 300 U.S. lawmakers are urging President Bush to reassess U.S. relations with the Palestinians, who they blame for the upsurge of violence in the Middle East.

The lawmakers said Bush should consider whether aid to the Palestinians should continue and whether the PLO office in Washington should be allowed to remain open. A coalition of 87 Senators and 209 House members from both political parties criticized the Palestinians in a letter sent to Bush on Thursday.

The lawmakers wrote that the Palestinians have embarked ``on a deliberate campaign'' of violence against Israelis, initiating ''on average over 30 incidents'' a day against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

At least 367 Palestinians, 71 Israelis, and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed in the Palestinian uprising, which exploded in late September when peacemaking reached a stalemate.

The lawmakers said Bush's reassessment of relations should also ``examine whether those Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis should be barred from coming to the United States.'' It also said the U.S. should examine whether groups involved in the violence should be designated foreign terrorist organizations.

``Responsibility for the recent breakdown of the peace process and outbreak of violence in the Middle East clearly lies with the Palestinians,'' said California Congressman Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee.

Lantos put much of the blame on Palestinian Authority (news - web sites) President Yasser Arafat (news - web sites), who the congressman said had violated his commitment to strive for peace.

``Arafat has turned a blind eye as Palestinian terrorists have targeted innocent Israeli men, women and children for deadly ambushes and suicide attacks,'' Lantos wrote.

Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback noted that the basis of the relationship between the U.S. and the Palestinians was founded on their renunciations of violence and terrorism. The U.S. lawmakers criticized Arafat for rejecting a peace proposal offered last year by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (news - web sites). ``Arafat could have offered a genuine counterproposal. Instead he unleashed violence that calls into serious question his suitability as a peace partner,'' Brownback said.

The Palestinian representative in Washington told the Washington Post the lawmakers' criticism was ''counterproductive'' and could diminish Washington's role as a sponsor of the Middle East peace process.

Hassan Abdel Rahman also told the newspaper: ``It is not based on fact and it totally ignores the suffering of the Palestinian people and the responsibility of the Israeli army for all the atrocities they have committed against the Palestinians.''

In comments last week, Bush urged both Israel and the Palestinians to exercise restraint, but focused strongly on the need for Palestinians to halt the violence so peace talks could go forward.

AIPAC* APPLAUDS HOUSE, SENATE LETTERS URGING REASSESSMENT
OF U.S.-PALESTINIAN RELATONS

(Press Release from Israeli/Jewish Lobby in Washington)*

(Washington, D.C.- 6 April) - In light of more than six months of Palestinian violence against Israel, AIPAC applauded the 87 members of the Senate and the 209 members of the House for sending letters today to President Bush urging him to reassess U.S. relations with the Palestinian Authority.

AIPAC President Tim Wuliger and Executive Director Howard Kohr thanked Sens. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Joe Biden (D-DE), Bill Frist (R-TN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Don Nickles (R-OK) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), and Reps. Henry Hyde (R-IL), Tom Lantos (D-CA), Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) and Gary Ackerman (D-NY) for sponsoring the letters.

"These letters to the president recognize that the continued use of violence by Yasir Arafat and the Palestinians will have consequences impacting the U.S.-Palestinian relationship," Wuliger and Kohr said.

In calling for a reassessment of the U.S.-Palestinian relationship, members of Congress said such a review should examine the following questions: 1) Should Palestinian groups involved in violence, such as the PLO-affiliated groups Force 17 and Tanzim, be designated as foreign terrorist organizations? 2) Is U.S. aid to the Palestinians meeting its goals? 3) Is it appropriate for Arafat to be invited to meet with high-level officials in Washington while the violence continues?

"From our perspective, it is time for the United States to require that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority speak and act against the continuing violence and terrorism, or face a significant change in our relations with them," the lawmakers said in their letters.

Below are the full texts of the Senate and House letters:

SENATE LETTER

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing you out of a deep sense of frustration, anger and concern over recent events in the Middle East. Less than eight months ago at Camp David, Israel offered a final status proposal to the Palestinians that was breathtaking in the scope of its concessions. The Palestinians rejected the Israeli offer, and a member of the Palestinian Authority said: "The issues of Jerusalem, the refugees and sovereignty will be decided on the ground and not in negotiations*the situation in the future will be more violent than the Intifada.

Over the past several months, the Palestinians have initiated on average over 30 "incidents" a day against Israeli soldiers and civilians. Initially, rocks and guns were used; increasingly, it is mortars and anti-tank missiles. Many of these attacks are well-planned operations involving the highest levels of the Palestinian security forces, openly led by the PLO's own militia, the Tanzim. Arafat's release from detention since July of over 130 members of the most radical anti-Israel groups directly involved in attacks against Israelis has resulted in the commission of many acts of terror. He has never once since the start of the violence in September stood up and addressed his people in Arabic unequivocally calling for an end to the violence.

Mr. President, the United States opened a dialogue with the PLO, allowed the PLO to maintain an office in Washington, allowed PLO officials to visit the United States and provided funding to the Palestinians under very specific conditions: that the Palestinian leadership remain committed to the negotiating process and that they renounce the use of violence. In fact, Section 1302 of the international and Development Act of 1985 specifically prohibits any employee of the U.S. Government from negotiating with a PLO official unless the PLO "renounces the use of terrorism."

Given the drastic changes that have taken place in recent months we believe it is time for the United States to initiate a reassessment of our relations with the Palestinians. Such reassessment should, in our view, examine whether those Palestinian groups involved in violence, such as the PLO-affiliated groups Force 17 and Tanzim, should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations under Sections 219 of 8 USC 1189, whether US aid to the Palestinians is in fact meetings its goals, and whether it is appropriate for Arafat to be invited to meet with high-level officials in Washington while the violence continues; we also believe that you should reaffirm America's opposition to a unilaterally-declared independent Palestinian state.

We raise these questions with tremendous sorrow about the turn of events in the region. The Palestinians had a unique opportunity to secure virtually everything they had been seeking from Israel at the negotiating table. For reasons that baffle us, they chose instead to use violence against Israel. That decision comes at a great cost to everyone involved and with no foreseeable benefit. From our perspective, it is time for the US to require that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority speak and act against the continuing violence and terrorism, or face a significant change in our relations with them.

It is also time for those of us in both parties who serve in Congress and in your Administration to restate our commitment to Israel's security and to the uniquely common values and interests which America and Israel share.

Mr. President, we look forward to your thoughts on these issues and to working together on them.

HOUSE LETTER

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing you out of a deep sense of frustration and concern over recent events in the Middle East. Less than eight months ago at Camp David, Israel offered a final status proposal to the Palestinians that was extraordinary in the scope of its concessions. The Palestinian response was not only to reject Israel's offer, but to embark on a deliberate campaign of violence against Israelis, derailing prospects for a final peace agreement.

Indeed, the real response to Israel was given by a member of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Ali Mustafa, two days before the Camp David summit ended, that: "The issues of Jerusalem, the refugees and sovereignty will be decided on the ground and not in negotiations...the situation in the future will be more violent than the Intifada."

Mr. Mustafa was tragically right. Over the past several months, the Palestinians have initiated on average over 30 "incidents" a day against Israeli soldiers and civilians. Initially, rocks and guns were used; increasingly, it is mortars and anti-tank missiles. Many of the attacks are well-planned operations involving the highest levels of the Palestinian security forces, openly led by the PLO's own militia. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat has released from detention since July over 130 members of the most radical anti-Israel groups directly involved in attacks against Israelis and has suspended all security cooperation with Israel. Since the start of the violence in September, he has never once stood up and addressed his people in Arabic unequivocally calling for an end to the violence, despite calls to do so by the United States.

Mr. President, the United States opened a dialogue with the PLO, allowed the PLO to maintain an office in Washington, allowed PLO officials to visit the United States and provided funding to the Palestinians under very specific conditions: that the Palestinian leadership remain committed to the negotiating process and that they renounce the use of violence. In fact, Section 1302 of the International Security and Development Act of 1985 specifically prohibits any employee of the U.S. government from negotiating with a PLO official unless the PLO "renounces the use of terrorism."

Given the drastic changes that have taken place in recent months in Palestinian behavior, we believe it is time for the United States to reassess our relations with the Palestinians. Such a reassessment should, in our view, examine whether those Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis should be barred from coming to the United States, whether those Palestinian groups involved in violence should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations under 8 USC 1189, whether the PLO office in Washington should be allowed to remain open, and whether US aid to the Palestinians is in fact meeting its goals and should continue. While this reassessment is taking place, we do not believe Chairman Arafat should be invited to meet with high-level officials in Washington. We also believe that you should reaffirm America's opposition to a unilaterally-declared independent Palestinian state.

We raise these questions with sorrow about the turn of events in the region. The Palestinians had a unique opportunity to secure virtually everything they had been seeking from Israel at the negotiating table. Inexplicably, they rejected this option and chose instead to initiate a campaign of violence against Israel. This campaign comes at a great cost to everyone involved and with little foreseeable benefit. From our perspective, it is time for the United States to require that the leadership of the Palestinians speak and act against the continuing violence and terrorism, or face a significant change in our relationship with them.

It is also time for those of us in both parties who serve in Congress and your Administration to restate our commitment to Israel's security and the uniquely common values and interests which Americans and Israelis share.

Mr. President, we look forward to working with you on these issues.

* [AIPAC Self-Description): Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is an American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States. For more than 40 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the United States and Israel. Its 55,000 activists throughout the United States work to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.


April 2001


Magazine



ARAB-AMERICANS - PATHETIC STATE OF AFFAIRS
(April 30, 2001)
Regular readers of MER won't be all that surprised; though many others will be, especially those who misguidedly and in many cases sincerely give their money, support, and most of all their hopes to these pathetic groups.

THE DARK SIDE OF ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE Day
(April 30, 2001)
Leave it to the Arab Americans to screw things up all the time. As the iconoclastic Israel writer Israel Shamir said as he prematurely departed American shores a few days ago: "With such Palestinian activists, who needs the Israeli lobby?"

ABDULLAH AND THE CIA - LONG HISTORICAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST PALESTINIANS
(April 30, 2001)
The Israelis and the Americans are busy using the Mubarak Regime in Egypt and the Hashemite Regime in Jordan in an increasingly desperate attempt to quash Intifada II and create still more years for the Israelis to consolidate and make permanent their grip on the Palestinians.

WAR MACHINES ON THE MARCH - MER FLASHBACK
(April 29, 2001)
Before the Second Intifada began, before last year's aborted Camp David fiasco, before this year's sweeping victory of Ariel Sharon and the attempt to then position Ehud Barak as Defense Minister, MER was already writing about what was to come while most of the media was sidetracked with and seduced by "the peace process."

THE "APARTHEID PEACE" REMAINS THE GAME BEING PLAYED
(April 28, 2001)
They -- the same personalities representing the same countries that created this "Apartheid Peace" and its resultant intensified uprising against it -- are at it again.

THE SLAUGHTER IN ALGERIA
(April 28, 2001)
This book contains shocking testimony about what is happening inside a country where, according to reliable estimates, more than 150,000 of its citizens have been slaughtered during the past decade.

THE ARAB AMERICAN and JEWISH AMERICAN SCENES
(April 27, 2001)
You gotta love all these scams that so many so tragically so often fall for -- especially the confused and naive Arab Americans.

THE GAZA CONCENTRATION CAMP
(April 27, 2001)
Over the years the Israelis have essentially turned The Gaza Strip from a Ghetto to a kind of Concentration Camp. In this small area today live more than 1 million Palestinians, a large number of whom have never been able to leave and reenter.

ARAFAT'S ESCAPE PLAN - MER FLASHBACK
(April 26, 2001)
More than $100 million dollars in a secret bank account set up by the Israelis and designed to make it possible for Arafat and friends to flee a coup and set up a "government in exile"?

SHA'ATH and PERES DESERVE EACH OTHER -- BUT HOW TRAGIC FOR THE PALESTINIANS
(April 26, 2001)
Sharon is sending Peres to Cairo, and Sha'ath visiting Sweden says there is a "crack in the wall of darkensss."

BERKELEY STUDENTS TAKE THE LEAD
(April 25, 2001)
With the total failure of the Arab American organizations at the national level, and of course provoked now by an Intifada II that is half a year old and the election of Ariel Sharon as PM in Israel, the grassroots are finally stirring a little, students in the lead as at other times in history.

CASINO FIRST!
(April 25, 2001)
In the old days of Intifada I Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres were busy pursuing their "Gaza First" strategy. It was never presented, but always designed, as a kind of trap for the Palestinians; and it was continually rejected by the Palestinian negotiating team that went to Madrid and then Washington, headed by Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi.

Washington Scene: THE TRAGIC STATE OF ARAB AMERICAN AFFAIRS
(April 25, 2001)
Three things this week underscored the pathetically tragic state of affairs for the Arab American community which remains, well, politically retarded and as a result miserably weak...not to mention oh so co-opted and manipulated.

ISRAEL & TURKEY - MAJOR MILITARY ALLIANCE
(April 25, 2001)
While the misnomered "peace process" continues to dominate the news, arms continue to flood into the Middle East region and possible war preparations are underway.

SHIMON PERES - NOW HOLOCAUST DENIER!
(April 23, 2001)
For the past few years we have mentioned the great importance of the new military axis in the Middle East that adds Turkey's size and power to the U.S.-Israeli alliance that dominates and controls the region.

ARAFAT'S TRAVEL NOW RESTRICTED - MAYBE ON PURPOSE?
(April 23, 2001)
The front-page Washington Post article over the weekend about what the Israelis are up to helps reveal what the new General in charge of the Israeli Army, Ariel Sharon, is attempting to accomplish.

BLOODY SUNDAY AS SIX BOMBS ROCK ISRAEL, GAZA
(April 22, 2001)
Two explosions hit Israel over the space of several hours, and four bombs were detonated in Gaza City which is under Palestinian control.

TERROR IN TEL AVIV TODAY AS US PREPARES FOR BIOLOGICAL ATTACK
(April 22, 2001)
Like so many things in life, terror is a two-edged sword. No doubt the Israelis will use today's bomb blast in Tel Aviv to still further clamp down on and try to choke the Palestinians into submission.

ISRAEL'S ETHNIC CLEANSING SECRETS
(April 21, 2001)
Israel's prime minister-elect, in the throes of forming a new government, is known to be a militant nationalist. Ariel Sharon's view of history is that the Zionists unequivocally have justice on their side in the conflict over what is known to Jews as the Land of Israel and to Palestinians as Palestine.

HISTORIC JEWISH STATEMENT SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN INTIFADA
(April 21, 2001)
Two months after the first Palestinian Intifada began in December 1987, a group of professionals, all American Jews including many professors and lawyers, joined together to publish as a full page ad in THE NATION Magazine of 13 February 1988 this historic statement: "Time To Dissociate From Israel"

ARAB AMERICANS STILL TERRIBLY WEAK
(April 20, 2001)
Three things this week underscored the pathetically tragic state of affairs for the Arab American community which remains, well, politically retarded and as a result miserably weak...not to mention oh so co-opted and manipulated.

FROM THE FRONT
(April 19, 2001)
Attempts by Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, to crush Palestinian violence by adopting still harsher military tactics came to nought last night, after guerrillas in the Gaza Strip fired more mortars into Israel, and one of the worst battles for months erupted on the edge of Bethlehem.

MUBARAK - MORE FRIGHTENED THAN ANGRY OR CREDIBLE
(April 19, 2001)
They use to call him the "laughing cow". Anwar Sadat made him Vice-President thinking he'd never really have to worry much about him. And he himself has never made anyone Vice-President fearing any and everyone.

QANA MASSACRE - 5TH ANNIVERSARY
(April 18, 2001)
It was only four years ago; but already it has been mostly forgotten -- the terrible Qana Massacre in southern Lebanon, and the atrocious cover-up by Israel, the U.S. and the U.N. that followed.

QANA REMEMBERED
(April 18, 2001)
It was five years ago today that hundreds of civilians under U.N. protection in southern Lebanon were brutally killed or maimed by the Israeli Army. With Shimon Peres then Prime Minister after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israelis desperately tried to cover it all up and pretend it was just a mistake of war.

LATEST NEWS FROM THE FRONTS
(April 17, 2001)
With a heavy rocket barrage, Israel seized nearly a square mile of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, retaking Palestinian-controlled territory for the first time since 1994 in retaliation for a mortar attack on a small Israeli desert town.

ROBERT FISK SPEAKS UP OH SO THOUGHTFULLY AND COURAGEOUSLY
(April 17, 2001)
The famous American Jewish iconoclastic journalist Izzy Stone (I.F.Stone) once told me over a long dinner in my apartment that the role of real and serious journalists in our day and age needed to be "to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted."

ISRAEL STRIKES STILL HARDER, IMPOTENT ARAB "CLIENT REGIMES" COWER
(April 17, 2001)
We shouldn't be surprised what the Israelis are doing. Ehud Barak may have hesitated, but after all in the end both he and Shimon Peres publicly gave their endorsements to Ariel Sharon and Sharon has been warning and threatening to do just such things for a very long time.

HASHEMITES CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE
(April 16, 2001)
Today the Jordanian Foreign Minister goes to Israel even as Israeli bombs kill Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians and the whole region is being humbled and shaken by the Israeli Generals, accused war criminal Ariel Sharon now in charge.

CIA BUGS ARAFAT AND ALL P.A. LEADERSHIP
(April 14, 2001)
Arafat has been paid a very great amount of money for the deals he signed in Washington, Cairo, Sharm, Hebron, et. al. He, his family (the Tawils), and top cronies like Nabil Shaath, Abu Mazen, et. al., now have hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts as a result.

EPILOGUE TO A DECADE - A SERIOUS ISRAELI ANALYSIS
(April 14, 2001)
From what would usually be called the far far left in Israel and whose voice is rarely heard these days beyond their own circles -- but which we would term the serious, sophisticated, highly committed and principled Israeli intelligentsia -- there is a magazine published every other month called "Challenge".

EASTER IN THE "HOLY LAND"
(April 13, 2001)
Two thousand years ago on the ancient streets of Jerusalem it was the Roman army in control, the Jewish people under occupation, and Jesus, a heretical Jewish rabbi, heading to his crucifixation as a result of "official" Jewish and Roman cooperation.

DEATH MY REMOTE CONTROL AS HIT SQUADES RETURN
(April 13, 2001)
Israel's strategy has always been to overwhelm and suffocate the Palestinians. At various times different tactics have been used ranging from diplomacy to brutality, from talk of "Statehood" to the imposition of neo-Apartheid.

ISRAELI ARMY ON THE RAMPAGE
(April 12, 2001)
A seven-year-old Palestinian girl was shot in the face by an Israeli rubber bullet while at school in the West Bank village of al-Khader when clashes broke out nearby, medical sources said.

IT'S WAR, MURDER, ASSASSINATIONS AND BEATINGS
(April 12, 2001)
With Robert Fisk, based out of Beirut and the longest serving Western journalist in the region, and Phil Reeves among the Palestinians and the Israelis, The Independent is usually heads above the English rest in both its coverage and analysis.

ISRAELIS ATTACK EVEN MORE BOLDLY
(April 11, 2001)
The Israelis won't be returning to "Zone A"; why should they? After all one of the major goals of the Madrid-Oslo "Peace Process" was to get the Palestinians into isolated and controlled "autonomous population centers" and let them fend for themselves.

ISRAEL BEGINS MINI INVASION STRATEGY
(April 11, 2001)
The Israelis have changed Generals, and the new master General Ariel Sharon is doing things his way. But then nearly everyone else among the Israeli elite has lined up right behind him.

ABDULLAH - KING OF JORDAN, AGENT OF THE ANGLO-AMERICANS
(April 11, 2001)
Abdullah II, ruler of Jordan, once called TransJordan, once called the East Bank of Palestine, is once again in Washington. The pattern is all too familiar.

ISRAELIS START USING GROUND TO GROUND MISSILES TO ATTACK PALESTINIANS
(April 10, 2001)
Starting yesterday, and for the first time in the occupied territories against the Palestinians, the Israelies have begun to use surface to surface missiles. In doing so the Israelis are once again throwing down the gauntlet to the entire Arab and Muslim world.

RACISM, MILITARISM, NEO-NAZISM IN THE "JEWISH STATE"
(April 10, 2001)
Racism, militarism, and a peculiar form of Israeli neo-Nazism thrives in today "Jewish State". Harsh conclusions, true; but buttressed by considerable evidence, both factual and ideological.

"VOICE OF AMERICA" EXPANDING TOWARDS CRUCIAL MIDDLE EAST
(April 9, 2001)
Just a few years ago, after the original Camp David agreement in 1978, the joke around Cairo was that the "Voice of America" was really all those loud muffler-broken U.S-supplied buses helping choke, or unchoke depending on your perspective, Cairo's teeming streets.

BARAK AND SHARON PLAN NEXT WAR
(April 9, 2001)
Long before anyone even thought Ariel Sharon might become Israeli Prime Minister... Long before anyone even thought Shimon Peres would serve as Sharon's Foreign Minister... While the "Peace Process" and plans for "Camp David II" were riding high... MER was writing about the coming war being planned by Generals Barak and Sharon in tandem.

DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED AND "THE QUILT"
(April 8, 2001)
"It's so unfair... After 50 years the Israelis have nuclear weapons, the Mossad, Hollywood, a kosher White House, and their own Assistant Secretary of State; while the Arabs have corruption, secret-police, pathetic Arab- American organizations, Arafat, and the 50th anniversary quilt!"

THE PATHETIC ARAFAT - GIVER AND BEGGAR
(April 8, 2001)
This guy Arafat, and those who advise him, are truly getting ore pathetic all the time. We now learn that while his people suffer even worse than before as a result of what he and his cronies have done, and not done, Arafat has been busy giving expensive jewelry gifts to the former American President, First Lady, and Secretary of State (and no doubt there is a larger list!).

PASSOVER IN THE TIME OF THE INTIFADA
(April 8, 2001)
"I have been invited to a neighbor's Seder this year, and in my fantasy I have thought that I would rather sit on a box at home by myself in the dark with my face to the wall for the length of time the Seder lasts, out of a mixture of shame and protest against Israel's denial of freedom to her Palestinian neighbors."

THE LAST PASSOVER
(April 7, 2001)
"Is this the last Passover that I will celebrate? My heart is not in the celebration this year. And it can never be again until freedom for Jews is also freedom for Palestinians."

THE NEXT EXPULSION OF THE PALESTINIANS?
(April 7, 2001)
The effect of the four-month-old al-Aqsa intifada has been to radicalize and polarize all sides and thus the current situation poses a great danger to the Palestinian people.

ISRAELIS AND U.S. CONGRESS POUND PALESTINIANS
(April 6, 2001)
What is happening now is the result of all the past years of ineptitude, corruption, stupidities, and mistakes by the the various Arab "client regimes", Yasser Arafat's included of course, as well as from the various "client organizations" allied with them, especially in the US.

ISRAELIS BUILD, AMERICANS DECEIVE, ARABS WINK AND HIDE
(April 6, 2001)
This little game has gone on quite literally for decades now. The Israelis twist and turn, delay and obfuscate, but all the while push forward. The Americans say one thing and do another, and when the going gets hot they provide a little criticism of Israel for the Arab media but reserve the important things that really matter for ongoing and escalating cooperation with the Israelis.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 4
(April 5, 2001)
This time they are going to march down a largely weekend deserted street in New York City, after gathering at a closed Israeli Consulate, to listen to a group of largely unknown speakers familiar only to themselves, with no strategy other than to gather among themselves to listen to themselves and to be able to say for themselves that they are doing something important...

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST TOP THREE ARAFAT PEOPLE?
(April 5, 2001)
Believing the official Israelis is all but impossible at this point; so one has to do the best one can to put together the pieces in ways that make sense. What happened yesterday was probably not an actual assassination attempt -- if that's what the Israelis wanted to do to these three they have the capabilities to do so and not to miss.

THE JORDANIAN POLICE STATE
(April 4, 2001)
About five days before the convening of the Arab Summit in Amman, dozens of masked security men armed to the teeth, along with officers of the Intelligence service (mukhabarat), stormed the house of Siajj Said Daraghmeh near Jabri on the Gardens Street in Amman.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 3
(April 4, 2001)
Saturday a few thousand Arab Americans are planning to make it to Washington "demanding" the "Right of Return" for Palestinian refugees. What should one think about this?

"RIGHT OF RETURN" CONF A "DISASTER" - PART 2
(April 3, 2001)
The region itself has corrupt and incompetent "client regimes", now including that of Yasser Arafat. And that explains a great deal why such an important and rich part of the world with over 200 million people is so regularly humbled and bleeding.

"RIGHT OF RETURN" AMERICAN STYLE - PART 1
(April 3, 2001)
This year the selected slogan for Arab Americans is "the Right of Return". A couple of years ago at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 1948 war -- the "nakba", the "disaster" -- the slogan was "the Quilt".

"INVASION" PREPARATIONS AS MUBARAK COMES COLLECTING
(April 2, 2001)
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has come to Washington once again. His visits have become customary to in a sense collect his allowance and meet with his new American keepers, which are in fact really the old Bush crowd he is very familiar with.

PERES 'MORE AGGRESSIVE' THAN SHARON
(April 2, 2001)
"Peres is more aggressive than I am, (said Sharon). "Peres responded (to the Cabinet), "Yes, he had to restrain me this time."

PLOT TO KILL ARAFAT'S TOP PEOPLE
(April 1, 2001)
Yesterday the Senior U.S. Senator from New York, Chuck Shumer, went before the Washington cameras to denounce Yasser Arafat as a "terrorist" and demand he comply with U.S./Israeli dictate or else.

ANOTHER ARAB SUMMIT COMES AND GOES
(April 1, 2001)
If the demonstrators going to the Palestinian Rally in New York next weekend had any guts, and any smarts, after they gather at the Israeli Consulate they would move on and conduct their serious shouting where the Arab Ambassadors and the Arab League hang their sorry hats.




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