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April 19, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/19: The following three insightful articles from The Independent tody and a summary from Palestine Monitor in occupied Palestine:

BATTLE RAGES NEAR BETHLEHEM AS ISRAELI TANKS BLAST VILLAGES

By Phil Reeves in the Gaza Strip

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.

A day after causing a furore by reoccupying several square kilometres of the Gaza Strip and then withdrawing under international pressure Israel found itself back at square one last night after five Palestinian mortars fell close to a kibbutz inside Israel.

At the same time, the hills of Jerusalem echoed as the Israeli army fired tank shells, grenades and heavy machineguns into the Palestinian village of Beit Jala, the source of Palestinian shooting attacks on a nearby Jewish settlement of Gilo, on the southern edge of Jerusalem.

The new round of violence came as Mr Sharon faced mounting criticism at home for capitulating to American pressure by pulling out of a patch of northern Gaza, seized early on Tuesday. Earlier yesterday, the Israeli army went back into the Gaza Strip for more demolition work, sending a tank and bulldozers into Rafah, in southern Gaza, to flatten a Palestinian police station, which it said was a suspected source of gunfire. The troops reportedly withdrew after 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials were scrambling to persuade angry right-wing critics and Jewish settlers that Tuesday's withdrawal from the newly-seized part of the Gaza Strip was not the result of objections from the US, even though it came after what was by far the harshest criticism of Israel so far by the Bush administration.

Embarrassed by what seemed an abrupt volte-face, aides to Mr Sharon insisted yesterday that the government had earlier decided to leave the territory, at Beit Hanoun in north-eastern Gaza, before the US publicly condemned Israel's action. Officials said the seizure of the land was to stop it being used for mortar attacks on Israel. Last night's mortars were thought to have been fired from the same area.

ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS CLASH AS VIOLENCE CONTINUES

Palestinians fire mortars at Gaza Strip settlement

Palestinians fired mortars at a settlement in the Gaza Strip and a farming village in Israel early today, drawing Israeli return fire that seriously wounded a supporter of the Islamic militant group Hamas.

The renewed mortar fire came despite two Israeli incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas of Gaza that were aimed at stopping such attacks, and left Prime Minister Ariel Sharon open to criticism from many quarters within Israel.

Hamas announced today that one of its activists, Khalil Sakani, was seriously wounded in the head by shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell during a mortar attack late yesterday at the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantissi implied, but did not say specifically, that Sakani was involved in firing the mortars when he was wounded.

Hamas in the past has claimed responsibility for mortar attacks.

Five more mortars hit the Israeli communal farm of Nir Am on the edge of the Gaza Strip, also late yesterday.

Israel had tried to stop the mortar fire by briefly seizing two small slivers of Palestinian-controlled territory in Gaza in separate operations Tuesday and yesterday.

The Israeli incursions drew a strong U.S. condemnation, and Sharon spoke yesterday to U.S. President George W. Bush to try to clear the air.

Sharon told Bush the Israeli army "will have no choice but to carry out preventive measures" if the mortar fire persists, a statement by Sharon's office said. It was not clear whether such measures included more incursions.

Sharon also said the Israel takeover of Palestinian areas was intended to be brief from the start.

However, the events leading up to Israel's day-long takeover of a square mile of northeastern Gaza earlier this week raised lingering questions.

The brigadier general in charge of the operation initially said his men were prepared to remain for months, but Sharon ordered a withdrawal of troops later in the day, after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell sharply rebuked Israel.

The incursion and hasty withdrawal prompted criticism from settlers, who charged that Sharon was not doing enough to provide security, from hard-line politicians who said he had succumbed to U.S. pressure, and from peace activists, who said that he was thinking only in terms of force, not negotiations.

Transport Minister Ephraim Sneh said today that Sharon never informed the security Cabinet about the planned takeover and as a result got himself entangled in a diplomatic spat with the United States.

"If we cross the invisible, but existing line of international legitimacy, of what our friends are prepared to accept, we are immediately reprimanded and sent back to some permitted track, and this is what happened," Sneh, an ex-general, told Israel radio.

PALESTINIANS RETURN TO A FLATTENED WASTELAND

By Phil Reeves in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip

Victory is supposed to be sweet. So one might have expected an air of triumph among the Palestinians as they returned to the patch of land in Gaza that Israel's army had reoccupied, only to be pulled out by Ariel Sharon less than a day later.

But there was nothing remotely sweet yesterday, except for the smell of fresh oranges crushed beneath the tracks of tanks and bulldozers which had crashed into the area the day before, mowing down hundreds of citrus trees.

The fruity aroma hung strangely in the air as Palestinians arrived from the nearby town of Beit Hanoun to inspect the damage that they, and we, had been unable to see the day before without running the risk of being shot by the Israeli forces who briefly held the territory.

What they found was a sight all too familiar to the 1.2 million Arabs of Gaza a muddy wasteland about a mile long and 100 yards wide gouged out of the landscape. It was covered in shredded tree trunks, scattered with oranges, and punctuated by the detritus of at least eight flattened buildings, including a border police complex.

Dazed-looking people sifted through the concrete heaps that used to be their homes, some of which had been pounded into pieces no bigger than a fist, searching for anything that could be salvaged. A couple of men showed me two wrecked water wells, and said there were several more which means the surrounding orange orchards will probably also die. "Just look, and write," said one young man, as his wife fished out clothes from the rubble.

If part of the Israeli army's intention was to clear the area to stop Palestinians from using this corner of north-east Gaza to launch mortar attacks on Israeli settlements or towns over the border an attack on Sderot was cited as the provocation for the raid then it did a poor job. Most of the orchard-covered land around remained intact, providing cover for more guerrilla assaults. Palestinian militants demonstrated as much shortly after the Israelis withdrew, by firing at least six more mortars from the same area at the Israeli-controlled Erez industrial zone in northern Gaza and at the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim.

But the operation had far more to do with collective punishment, the same clumsy instrument that Israel has repeatedly used to try to force Yasser Arafat to quell Palestinian attacks during the last seven months. Gaza has been under almost permanent economic siege; a third of the population lives on less than $2 a day; thousands of acres and scores of Arab homes have been knocked down. So far all of this misery has been inflicted to no avail.

The word "reoccupation" does not adequately describe Israel's short-lived land-snatch, as all of the fenced-in 28-mile long Gaza Strip has remained under de facto Israeli occupation, even after 1994 when more than two-thirds of it was placed under Palestinian administration. Throughout, Israel retained a stranglehold on its borders, economy, energy supplies, and water.

This week's incursion was another harsh reminder of the continuing Israeli occupation, and the need to end it the primary purpose of the Palestinian uprising. "It is totally counter-productive," said Jihad al-Wazzir, son of Abu Jihad, a leading PLO official assassinated by Israel 13 years ago. "The more Israel hits us, the more entrenched positions become."

In the end, it was also counter-productive for Mr Sharon within Israel itself. The Prime Minister's hasty order to withdraw left many Israelis with the impression that he buckled under pressure from the United States, and was pulling out his tanks after a tongue-lashing from the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

No matter that one senior cabinet minister, Silvan Shalom, insisted yesterday that the decision to withdraw had been taken at 11am on Tuesday, before Washington publicly reacted, or that Mr Sharon's office said the operation was always intended to end on the same day. To many, it looked weak and indecisive. This was not what they had hoped for from the ex-general sold to them at the ballot box as "Mr Security".

URGENT UPDATE: Israeli Crosses the Red Line

[The Palestine Monitor, April 19, 2001]: The Israeli military launched its most aggressive attack against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday April 16, 2001 when Israeli tanks, helicopters and navy gun ships heavily shelled several Palestinian areas throughout the Strip before re-occupying Palestinian territory along the border with Israel. One Palestinian policeman was killed, 30 civilians were injured and 12 Palestinian Security Services buildings were destroyed along with several civilian homes and other buildings and tens of dunams of agricultural land.

At midnight on Monday, Israeli forces backed by tank fire re-occupied two chunks of territory near Beit Hanoun, destroying Palestinian property in its wake and killing 23 year-old Mohammed Al Masri and injuring 6 other civilians. By Tuesday morning, Israeli forces had sealed off the Gaza Strip, splitting it into three zones demarcated with tanks, and fully seized Palestinian territory east of Erez border crossing and a few kilometers south of Erez along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Ten hours after it had withdrawn from Palestinian territory in Beit Hanoun, the Israeli military re-entered the area and demolished a Palestinian police station.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli forces in Gaza opened fire on civilians in the Rafah refugee camp, killing 10-year-old Barah el Shael, and in a separate incident, Israeli forces shot and killed 15-year-old Hamza Abeid at the Karni crossing. In the West Bank, Israeli tanks shelled residences in the town of El Khader killing 16-year-old Rami Musa and Israeli forces in Tulkarem shot and killed 17-year-old Bassam Zaharan.

These attacks follow two other attacks on Palestinian areas in Gaza; Khan Younis on Wednesday April 11 and Rafah Saturday April 14, in which Israeli bulldozers accompanied by tanks demolished a total of 47 homes and 20 stores, leaving over 700 people homeless and 83 injured by Israeli gunfire.

Israeli military action against Palestinian residential areas continued well into Wednesday night, when Israeli tanks shelled the Bethlehem area, including the Christian towns of Beit Sahour and Beit Jala, injuring ten's of residents.


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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