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ISRAEL STRIKES STILL HARDER, IMPOTENT ARAB "CLIENT REGIMES" COWER

April 17, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/17: 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.

BUT we should be surprised by the even greater weakness and co-optation of the Arab "client regimes" than many imagined. They are completely impotent, pretty much worthless it seems, in the face of Israeli/American power and domination. They cannot even bring themselves to end all diplomatic relations and boycott all Israeli products. They cannot even bring themselves to bring the issue of suspension of Israel from the U.N. to the General Assembly, where the U.S. and U.K. vetoes do not apply.

Indeed, it is precisely because the Arab regimes are so weak, so divided, so confused, and so co-opted that the Israelis have moved step by step to control the region and quite literally pound and torture in one way or another anyone who opposes them into submission. And furthermore, indeed, it is precisely because the major Arab "client regimes" are so co-opted by, manipulated by, controlled by, and yes infiltrated as well by the United States that they are impotent to even resist in a serious way, as well as cowardly in refusing to use any of the major diplomatic and economic weapons at their disposal, even if their armies are still only capable of and designed for internal repression.

While MER-TV was busy interviewing the extraordinary Israeli writer Israel Shamir yesterday about his vision for a peaceful future of co-existence and understanding, the Israelis were busy further undermining that possibility by still further expanding their military strikes against Lebanon and Syria in the north as well as "retaking" parts of the 65% of Gaza "administered" by the very Arafat "Authority" they established.

ISRAEL RETAKES PARTS OF GAZA CAUSING DISARRAY

By Wafa Amr

GAZA, April 17 (Reuters) - Israeli troops took back parts of the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday after a withering hail of fire from land, sea and air killed one person, wounded 30 and left life in the area in disarray.

In the latest sign of right-wing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "get tough" policy, the 45-km (27-mile) long Gaza Strip was effectively carved into three separate areas with its main coastal road cut by Israeli checkpoints.

The Israeli army said Sharon had ordered the assaults after five mortar bombs fired from the strip slammed into the southern Israeli town of Sderot five km (three miles) away. The military wing of the Muslim militant group Hamas said it had fired them.

The mortar rounds landed deeper in Israel than any since the start of a Palestinian uprising for independence last September, falling just down the road from Sharon's Negev Desert ranch.

Some residents were forced into using donkeys and making long detours to get to destinations in the strip, where 1.2 million Palestinians live in an area that at some points is just four km (2.5 miles) wide.

Gaza City's main police headquarters and two elite Force 17 security unit posts were among at least seven main targets in an attack that lasted for hours. An Israeli army spokesman declined to say how long troops would remain in the strip.

Palestinian sources said a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman had been killed in the Israeli reprisal.

Apart from the wounded, hospitals reported that relatives had brought dozens of people in for help from shock after they endured six hours of night bombardment that residents said was the worst since the start of violence seven months ago.

The Gaza attacks, involving tanks, helicopter gunships, missiles, ships and bulldozers, began less than 24 hours after Israel's first bombing raid on a Syrian target in Lebanon for five years.

Arab nations blasted Israel's security offensive and western nations called for restraint on all sides.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia said Israel was acting in a "despicable" way and urged a firm stance against what it called Israel's warmongering.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency that the attack demonstrated that Israel had moved away from the language of peace and adopted one of war and destruction.

DONKEY CARTS

In the Gaza Strip, hundreds of children, men, women, students and workers turned to beach travel in donkey carts to take them to points where they could pick up taxis and buses.

Israel has tanks on main roads, all of which are closed.

An Israeli bulldozer dug a trench in the coastal road and piled it with stones to prevent travel.

"These escalatory Israeli measures are not intended to put an end to the Intifada (uprising), but are aimed at humiliating us and make us submit to Israel's will," Iyad Ismail, 29, a bank employee, told Reuters.

"It's clear that Israel has expanded the sphere of war with the Palestinians. It has carried out a new and dangerous step by reoccupying Palestinian areas," Palestinian cabinet minister Hassan Asfour told Reuters.

Witnesses said the army had thrust into Palestinian-ruled Beit Hanoun near the Erez crossing to Israel and at several other points. Blockades kept Palestinians from entering an area of homes and orchards.

The army said it had taken over the land because it was being used for actions against Israel and would leave once violence ended.

Israel transferred most of the Gaza Strip to Palestinian rule in 1994 at the start of seven years of peacemaking, which deadlocked before the latest spate of violence began.

AT LEAST 378 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN INTIFADA

"It is high time Arab leaders reconsidered their ways of how to confront and how to put an end to this aggression...Will they wake up after all the Palestinian land is reoccupied and after Israel enters all Arab capitals?" Palestinian minister Asfour said.

"We call on the Arab people to go down to the streets in their countries and wake up their leaders."

At least 378 Palestinians, 13 Israeli Arabs and 71 other Israelis have died since the uprising began in September. The dead included a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops after he stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier in the West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesman declined to say how long Israeli troops would remain.

"We are not speaking of an occupation, we are speaking of taking control," Brigadier-General Ron Kitrey told Israel Radio.

"We are speaking of a shifting to the depth of the Palestinian territory of a few hundred metres (yards) up to a kilometre (half a mile) in certain places," Kitrey said.

He said troops could stay a few days or "a few more days" until the Palestinian Authority restored order to its own people.

"It will go on so long as there is a need for our steps in order to carry out what the Authority has failed to carry out or avoided carrying out -- and that is to ensure there will not be terrorist activity or shooting activity at Israeli citizens or communities," Kitrey told Israel's Army Radio.

ISRAEL OPENS FIRE ON GAZA BUSES

Most Serious Attack Against Syrian Target in 20 Years

By Alan Philps in Jerusalem

[Daily Telegraph, UK, 17 April] ISRAEL warned its Arab neighbours yesterday that the "rules of the game have changed" after it launched its most serious raid on a Syrian military target in Lebanon for almost 20 years.

Syria denounced the "aggressive policies" of Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, saying it reserved the right to defend itself. A spokesman in Damascus described the air raid - in which three Syrian soldiers were reported killed and six wounded - as a "dangerous escalation that could destabilise security and stability in the region".

The region was rocked by further violence last night when Israeli helicopters and ships fired missiles at bases of the Palestinians' Force 17 security unit in central Gaza. The attack came hours after Palestinian mortar bombs fell on the Israeli town of Sderot, three miles from the Gaza Strip. They caused no casualties or damage, military officials said.

Israeli forces also raided Beit Hanun, an area under Palestinian control in the northern Gaza Strip, destroying Palestinian border police positions with bulldozers. At least 20 Palestinians are said to have been wounded in the attacks.

Washington led calls for restraint, saying it was time to end the "cycle of violence in the Middle East". Israel said it launched the raid in retaliation for the killing of a soldier on Saturday in a cross-border missile attack by Hizbollah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim guerrilla force financed by Iran and backed by Syria. The Israeli government has blamed Damascus for not reining in the guerrillas since Israeli forces withdrew from Lebanon last May.

In a statement later, Hizbollah threatened to strike at northern Israel with Katyusha rockets. "The Islamic resistance knows when, where and how to strike at the enemy with painful blows," it said

The Israelis' target was a Syrian radar installation near the Dahr el-Baidar mountain pass, about 20 miles east of Beirut. It was the first Israeli attack on such an important Syrian installation since the Jewish state invaded Lebanon in 1982. Until last year's withdrawal, Israel staged almost daily attacks on the guerrillas. But the Syrian army - which has 30,000 troops in Lebanon - was never the primary target.

The Israeli Defence Minister, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, said: "The rules of the game have changed. We sent a message to the Syrians that we see them as the only ones responsible." Mr Sharon's spokesman, Raanan Gissin, said no one should underestimate the new prime minister's determination.

He said: "Regarding the Syrians, there will be a need for them and for Hizbollah - and for the Palestinians, by the way - to reassess the situation vis-a-vis Israel's preparedness, readiness and determination to respond."

The conflict between Hizbollah and the Israeli army is over the Shebaa Farms, a disputed patch of grazing land on the borders between Lebanon, Syria and Israel. When Israel withdrew from Lebanon, the United Nations ruled that the area was not Lebanese territory, but Hizbollah has not accepted this.

By continuing to wage a sporadic war, Hizbollah is fuelling opposition within Lebanon to the Syrian presence there. Christian Maronite leaders are openly campaigning for Syrian troops to follow the Israelis and pull out of their country.

The Israeli raid presents the young Syrian leader, President Bashar al-Assad, with his first major military challenge. However, it is not clear what kind of military response could be forthcoming as Syria's armed forces have been no match for Israel's since the collapse of the Soviet Union which used to supply them with arms.

Despite outrage in the Arab world over the Israeli attack, the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Adel-Ilah al-Khatib, went ahead with a visit to Jerusalem to promote an Egyptian-Jordanian peace initiative designed to end the seven-month Palestinian uprising. Mr Khatib is the first Arab minister to visit Jerusalem since the Right-wing hard-liner Mr Sharon came to power in January.

Despite outrage in the Arab world over the Israeli attack, Jordan's Foreign Minister, Adel-Ilah al-Khatib, went ahead with a visit to Jerusalem to promote an Egyptian-Jordanian peace initiative. The plan calls for a timetable for a final-status deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But the hawkish Mr Sharon has said he is interested only in a non-belligerency pact. He is refusing to evacuate any Israeli settlement on occupied land.


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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