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EASTER IN THE "HOLY LAND"

April 13, 2001

EASTER IN TODAY'S "HOLY LAND"

"God willing, there will be a car-bomb very soon inside Israel, and they too will cry. They will cry blood." Quoted in today's New York Times

"Today the sniper's bullet substitutes for the crucifiers nails."

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/13: 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.

Today on these same ancient streets of Jerusalem it is the Israeli Army in control, the Palestinian people under occupation, and Jewish rabbis with racist ideologies who dominant the scene with visions of resurrecting the ancient Jewish Temple in the years ahead. And yes as well, there is a cunning form of "official" Jewish, Christian (the Vatican and other Chistian authorities), as well as Muslim (the "client regimes" whom themselves have co-opted things Muslim) cooperation at work making possible this Israeli occupation complete with its Romanesque brutality. Today the sniper's bullet substitutes for the crucifiers nails.

How shameful today's situation should be for the Jewish people who at other times in their own long history have suffered so terribly from such racist and militarist madness. How shameful as well so many of those who so falsely and so hypocritically speak in the names of Christianity and Islam today.

The "turn the other cheek" Christians may indeed believe that "God watches over us" at Christmas time -- themselves still smitten with the medieval "son of God" mythology. But then the Christian church too, especially the Roman Catholic church, has so much blood on its own hands, so much need to atone for so many sins, past and present. And the fact that a few well-meaning but oh so naive Christians now hold a Washington monthly prayer vigil for peace in the Holy Land the 22nd of each month is a bit like applying a little external bandaid to a raging internal cancer.

The tragic reality at this time of Easter is that all three of the religions of the book, and all the common Children of Abraham, have so terribly besmirched their own history, teachings, and values -- with the Israeli people, claiming to represent the historical Jewish people, today at the very top of this devilish list for racism, militarism, bloodletting and oh so much of the worst kinds of hypocrisy.

HOLY LAND VIOLENCE CLOUDS EASTER CELEBRATIONS

By Brian Williams

JERUSALEM, April 13 (Reuters) - Bowed down by crosses and carrying candles flickering in empty drink bottles, Christian pilgrims on Friday retraced Jesus's walk to crucifixion in subdued Holy Land Easter celebrations.

Protected by heavier-than-usual security because of recent Israeli-Palestinian violence, the Good Friday religious parade is the once-a-year day when Christianity takes the spotlight in a historic location also revered by Jews and Moslems.

However the numbers were dramatically down on previous years because of the violence.

"Fewer people and they don't seem as carried away as in other years," said a coffee shop waiter.

Devout Christians have braved wars and ruthless rulers for nearly 2,000 years to make the pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa in the old quarter of Arab East Jerusalem.

Grouped in main Christian religions -- from Roman Catholic to Greek Orthodox to Protestant -- as well as individuals, the pilgrims shuffled jammed together down the narrow cobbled alleyway where the 14 Stations of the Cross lie.

The stations mark the places where Jesus was scourged, stumbled and crowned with thorns. The journey starts at the prison -- now a church -- where Jesus was taken after the Last Supper.

In one of the many historical ironies of the journey, the seven-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation flared just metres from the end of the walk at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.

Surrounded by armed guards, Israeli right-wing leader Ariel Sharon, now Israeli prime minister, on September 28 visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site also sacred to Jews because it is the location of Temple Mount.

CROSSES TO BEAR

The order of dress in the Jerusalem processions was mainly black, with priests and nuns accorded special status among the thousands of other pilgrims in tourist-like summer clothing.

Wooden crosses, from six-foot and longer ones carried by an individual or groups of men to small crosses clutched in the hands of elderly women, dotted the snaking line of thousands of pilgrims.

The most dramatic enactment was a man, bare from the waist up, with red paint spattering his body to resemble blood, dragging a lengthy cross.

With a crown of thorns on his head, he was guarded by men dressed as Roman soldiers carrying whips.

The Israeli Tourism Ministry said the number of foreign tourists visiting over the Easter period was about half of the three million expected before the violence broke out.

Visitors from Italy and Germany were down by about 70 percent while there was a 50 percent fall in tourists from the United States.

"Usually at Easter we have pilgrims who come from Cyprus and from Greece, yearly about ten thousand people. This year only three hundred people so it's very very bad, it's terrible -- the worst we have ever seen in our life," said Ziad Hashima, a souvenir shop owner on the Via Dolorosa.

Restaurant owner Jacir Hanna's reservations book for Good Friday is blank this year, compared to more than 100 diners scribbled in for last year's Easter.

"This year it is zero. The reason is the uprising," he said.

American Rob Green said he was a "little apprehensive" at first about attending the procession because of the warnings that it could be drawn into the present violence.

"But it's the holiest place on earth and I didn't want to give up that opportunity," he said.

Fellow American Lori Quick said she felt the warnings had been overdone.

"God watches over us," she said.

NEW CLASHES AS SHARON SETS CONDITIONS

JERUSALEM (Reuters - 13 April) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon favors a long-term interim deal with the Palestinians that would give them a far smaller and weaker state than they demand, according to an interview published on Friday.

But heightened tensions after an alleged Israeli attempt to assassinate an activist of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement in the West Bank and new clashes in Gaza have made talk of peacemaking seem like empty words.

In the Old City of Jerusalem, turnout for traditional Good Friday processions, held under heavy Israeli security, was low compared with previous years. Cross-bearing pilgrims retraced the traditional route Jesus took to his crucifixion.

The procession ended without incident but shortly afterwards Palestinian youths briefly threw stones at Israeli security guards at a location that is sacred to both religions and frequently the scene of clashes after Muslim Friday prayers. In incidents outside Jerusalem, three Israeli soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded near their vehicle about six miles from the city, an army spokeswoman said. Witnesses said two separate gunbattles took place in Gaza near the Egyptian border at Rafah but there were no casualties.

About 2,000 Palestinians rallied in Nablus after Friday prayers to protest at the lack of progress in ending violence. Witnesses said minor stone-throwing against Israeli soldiers erupted near Karni crossing between Israel and Gaza. Palestinian hospital sources said seven people were wounded when troops opened fire to break up the trouble. Stating publicly what his aides have said, Sharon told the Maariv newspaper he could accept a Palestinian state on some 42 percent of the West Bank.

With another Israeli withdrawal in the West Bank, such as the one promised in a 1998 interim peace accord, "it's possible to reach 42 percent, plus or minus," he told the newspaper.

That is only a little bit more than the West Bank land in which Palestinians already have full or partial control under interim peace deals going back seven years.

As before, Sharon conditioned any peace talks on an end to violence that has raged for nearly seven months in a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.

In Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, about 40 masked men, shrouded in white sheets -- a symbol of martydom to Palestinians -- renewed their vows as members of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad group to kill Israelis.

"We swear to God that the sons of the Jerusalem brigade will come at you like an earthquake," said the leader of the group, which has carried out bombings in Israel.

"Every Zionist monkey is number one on our wanted list," he said as the contingent of self-declared suicide-bombers-in- waiting kissed a Koran and submachinegun at a rally attended by hundreds of Islamic Jihad supporters.

SHARON SEES DEMILITARISED PALESTINIAN STATE

In the newspaper interview, Sharon said a Palestinian state would have to be demilitarized and its police forces armed only to maintain order, while Israel would for years oversee the external borders and be free to fly over the territory.

He has said he can envisage only a long-term agreement of non-belligerency with the Palestinians, not a final peace deal.

Palestinians have already ruled out establishing a state on anything less than all of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip -- lands that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

PALESTINIANS LASH OUT AT ISRAEL
OVER BOOBY-TRAPPED CAR

Palestinians, meanwhile, lashed out at Israel over the alleged attempt to blow up Fatah activist Nasser Abu Hmeid in a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.

The alleged incident occurred less than 24 hours after U.S.-arranged talks between Israeli and Palestinian security officials aimed at reducing violence.

Palestinian officials said two "collaborators" with Israel had delivered a booby-trapped car to Abu Hmeid, but he suspected foul play and called in security forces who took the vehicle to a field where it exploded, causing no casualties.

"Sending a booby-trapped car into a residential area was a serious escalation," Palestinian cabinet minister Nabil Amr told Palestinian television.

Asked to comment, the Israeli army said: "We are unaware of any such explosion." Palestinian television showed the charred remains of what it said was Abu Hmeid's car.

Palestinian officials have accused Israel of assassinating more than 20 activists since the uprising began.

At least 376 Palestinians, 13 Israeli Arabs and 71 other Israelis have been killed in the violence that erupted last September after peace talks deadlocked.

GAZA, IN RUINS, AND SETTLERS IN THE SURF
By JOEL GREENBERG

New York Times - 13 April: KHAN YUNIS, Gaza Strip, April 12: In a cluster of tents pitched in a sea of rubble where Palestinian dwellings were flattened here Wednesday by Israeli Army bulldozers, Fatima Abu Loz sat hollow-eyed today, nursing a child.

"We've lost everything," she said of her family's razed home and belongings buried in the wreckage. "We were building the future and it was destroyed."

At least 15 cinder block houses were destroyed and scores of people made homeless when the Israelis thrust into the edge of the Khan Yunis refugee camp on Wednesday, targeting what the army said were buildings used by gunmen to shoot at the neighboring Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim.

Stunned Palestinian residents were still milling through the wreckage today, salvaging what remained. A refrigerator and washing machine poked out of a pile of rubble. Behind the ruins, apartment buildings gutted by Israeli shelling and machine- gun fire stood empty.

A short drive away across the sand dunes, on a heavily guarded beach used by Jewish settlers, Hagit Cohen watched her children play in the surf.

On Tuesday, her settlement, Katif, was hit by three mortar shells fired by Palestinians. No one was hurt in that attack, but earlier this month a baby was seriously wounded when mortars fell on another settlement.

Mrs. Cohen fears leaving her children outside the house, so the beach outing was a break from the anxiety at home. "We're living our lives, but also feeling the war," she said.

Israeli teenagers carrying surfboards headed back to their settlements, passing soldiers in bullet- proof vests. Tanks and armored troop carriers were dug in along roads flanked by the uprooted trees of Arab-owned orchards. The groves had been bulldozed to deny cover to Palestinian gunmen who had fired at settlers' cars.

A tank was positioned in Neve Dekalim's deserted industrial zone, facing the Khan Yunis refugee camp. Meanwhile, soldiers peered into the camp from an armored observation booth hoisted high by a crane. A lone burst of gunfire shattered the erie calm, scattering boys who had gathered in the rubble.

In the tent on the ruins of his house, Mrs. Abu Loz's husband, Jalal, said that the couple and their eight children had been left with only the clothes they wore, and that neighbors were bringing them food. The Red Cross supplied the tent, and the Palestinian Authority had provided a few mattresses and blankets, he said. "We were here before the settlements were built, and we're not going away, even if we have to stay in a tent," he said.

A neighbor, Hassan Abu Ubeida, who also lost his house, said he fled with his family early Wednesday when he heard the Israeli armored vehicles approaching. "There was no chance to take anything out," he said. "This was an assault on unarmed civilians."

On the beach nearby, Mrs. Cohen said it was hard for her to watch television images of the homeless Palestinians. "They're just civilians, and I don't know if they have the power to stop the shooting, but on the other hand, human lives are at stake," she said. "My husband says that in a war individuals always get hurt. We don't want this, but what can we do?"

Yossi Chen, a settler who had been wounded in a shooting attack on his car, said that conflict with the Palestinians left no alternative but to strike back, even if that resulted in harm to civilians. "Since we're in a state of war, there's no choice" he said.

Mr. Chen, who travels daily in an armored military truck to study at a yeshiva in a neighboring settlement, said he felt more protected in Neve Dekalim than on the streets of cities inside Israel, where there has been a wave of bombings in recent weeks.

Mrs. Cohen agreed. "Right now there's no place that's secure," she said.

In the Khan Yunis camp, residents said the only solution was the departure of the settlers.

"This is Palestinian land and they should go away from here," said Suleiman Abu Musa, whose house was destroyed. "If they leave, the problem will be solved."

Then he added a wish: "God willing, there will be a car-bomb very soon inside Israel, and they too will cry. They will cry blood."


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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