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Saudis Hold Telethon for Palestinian 'Martyrs'
The National Post ^ | April 12, 2002 | Donna Abu Nasr (AP) & Ali Jarekji (Reuters)

Posted on 04/12/2002 7:14:45 AM PDT by Loyalist

Saudis hold telethon for 'Palestinian martyrs'
Event ordered by King Fahd raises millions of dollars and a Rolls-Royce

Donna Abu-Nasr
The Associated Press

Ali Jarekji, Reuters

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A princess donated her Rolls-Royce, one woman gave up her dowry and other Saudis poured millions of dollars into a fund to help families of Palestinian "martyrs" in a countrywide telethon yesterday.

Wheelchair-bound children braved unseasonable rain in Riyadh to drop cash into plastic boxes outside the state-run television station, which, along with the radio, was organizing the drive. Long lines of cars jammed the area, with drivers giving cash, gold jewellery and clothes to volunteers with collection bags.

In the first five hours of the 11-hour fundraising campaign, almost US$12-million had been donated. The telethon was due to end at 3 a.m. this morning.

"We love you," said Sheik Saleh bin Hussein al-Ayed, a member of the Islamic Affairs Ministry, in an address to Palestinians during the telethon. "We cannot forget you or ignore what's happening to you by the [Israeli] aggressors."

The event, ordered by King Fahd and broadcast live by local and Saudi-owned satellite channels, aims to help relatives of "martyrs" -- part of a wave of Arab support for the Palestinians amid Israel's offensive in the West Bank.

The term "martyrs" has been used by the Palestinians to refer to anyone killed by Israelis or in operations against Israel, including suicide bombers.

The Saudi embassy in Washington said the term as used in fundraising drives did not refer to suicide bombers but to "Palestinians who are victimized by Israeli terror and violence."

In a statement, it said any suggestion Saudis are giving money to suicide bombers is "baseless and false" and "an attempt to deflect from Israel's terror practices in the occupied territories."

Saudi assistance "includes financial assistance to the families of victims -- 'martyrs' -- distributed through the private humanitarian organization chaired by Interior Minister Prince Nayef," it said.

The fundraising comes at a time when Saudi-based charities have been under scrutiny after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, which were carried out by 19 hijackers, 15 of them Saudi.

In February, the kingdom blocked four bank accounts suspected of channelling funds to rebel organizations. Last month, it ordered all charity organizations to inform authorities of their overseas projects to ensure the money is not going to rebels.

Israel launched its incursion into Palestinian towns two weeks ago, vowing to crush militias after a string of deadly anti-Israeli attacks. The offensive has sparked a wave of street protests in the Arab world, including two in Saudi Arabia, where such demonstrations are illegal.

The telethon is a government attempt to channel away from the streets the intense rage Saudis feel over Israel's incursion.

The ruling Al Saud family inaugurated the fundraiser on Monday, with King Fahd donating US$2.7-million, Crown Prince Abdullah giving US$1.35-million and Prince Sultan, the Defence Minister, donating US$800,000.

The King also urged Saudis, expatriates and private companies to contribute generously.

The telethon began yesterday at 4 p.m., and aired footage of Israelis shelling Palestinian camps and demolishing buildings, plus images of wounded Palestinians receiving treatment and of grieving Palestinian families.

Most Saudis donated money, but a princess gave her Rolls-Royce and a woman handed over her US$17,567 dowry. A TV presenter showed a thick wad of US$10,000 in notes someone had sent. One man donated bags of rice and sugar. Another said he would give one of his kidneys for any Palestinian who needs it.

Prince Nayef's fund recently made an emergency donation of nearly US$1-million to the families of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, giving US$5,333 to each of 155 families. It has donated more than US$59-million to Palestinian families and aid organizations since the Israeli-Palestinian violence began more than 18 months ago.

The fund has said it would continue to provide direct assistance to the families of "Palestinian martyrs and those wounded while resisting the occupation."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel; palestine; saudiarabia; telethon; terrorism
Help Yassir's kids!
1 posted on 04/12/2002 7:14:45 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist
I said it before and I'll say it again.

This money is not going to the Palis, it's going into the Saudi war chest,
to buy arms and missiles for the upcoming war.

2 posted on 04/12/2002 7:17:58 AM PDT by japaneseghost
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To: thud
ping
3 posted on 04/12/2002 7:18:38 AM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: japaneseghost
I doubt Saudi Arabia could defend itself against any of its neighbors. It may have a lot of toys but they won't stop a determined force.
4 posted on 04/12/2002 7:20:04 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
We have no idea how much arms the Saudis really have.
5 posted on 04/12/2002 7:27:28 AM PDT by japaneseghost
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To: japaneseghost
They can have a lot but they have no one to deliver it.
6 posted on 04/12/2002 7:28:50 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Loyalist
It feels good to give:


7 posted on 04/12/2002 7:33:43 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: japaneseghost
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A princess donated her Rolls-Royce, one woman gave up her dowry and other Saudis poured millions of dollars into a fund to help families of Palestinian "martyrs" in a countrywide telethon yesterday.

Translation - "We think you Palestinians are scum and will do nothing to help you - except when you are murdering Jews, in which case we'll fund that effort.

8 posted on 04/12/2002 7:34:56 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: struwwelpeter
"ping"
9 posted on 04/12/2002 7:43:14 AM PDT by Jackie222
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To: AppyPappy
It may have a lot of toys but they won't stop a determined force.

Agreed. They have F-16's, but their pilots are a joke.

10 posted on 04/12/2002 8:09:23 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: Loyalist
Some months back the Palestinians were expressing outrage that their women were being searched by the Israelis at the checkpoints. Now we know they didn't care about the well-being of the women. They only were afraid they weren't going to get away with "dressing" their women in explosives.

Two questions...
Do families of failed suicide bombers (who only blow themselves up and no one else) get as much money as families of successful homicide bombers (who actually kill others)?
What do the Taliban think of the way the female homicide bombers travel around in public without a male escort? Shouldn't a brother be accompanying the explosive woman?

11 posted on 04/12/2002 8:15:46 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: Loyalist
The ruling Al Saud family inaugurated the fundraiser on Monday, with King Fahd donating US$2.7-million, Crown Prince Abdullah giving US$1.35-million and Prince Sultan, the Defence Minister, donating US$800,000.

The proud recipients.....

:

12 posted on 04/12/2002 8:20:36 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Loyalist
Makes me wonder what kind of entertainment they present during such a telethon...some guy balancing 20 spinning landmines on top of poles, another one juggling ticking suicide belts, and maybe a beheading or two, just for kicks?
13 posted on 04/12/2002 8:45:40 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: MarineDad
Makes me wonder what kind of entertainment they present during such a telethon...

Somehow I don't think Jerry Lewis was consulted.

14 posted on 04/12/2002 9:02:15 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: MarineDad
The entertainment was videos of israeli attacks on terrorist cells and armed stores without any corresponding potrayal of jihadis blowing up people. Can't remember the talkshow i heard it on. This morning i did hear Rumsfeld call it 'blood money' at a clip from a press conference.
15 posted on 04/12/2002 9:40:34 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: syriacus
The islamists consider any violation of their rules/strictures permissible when going after the enemy.
16 posted on 04/12/2002 9:42:11 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: syriacus
The islamists consider any violation of their rules/strictures permissible when going after the enemy.
17 posted on 04/12/2002 9:42:28 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Loyalist;newgeezer
This is what has W shaking in his texas boots.
18 posted on 04/12/2002 9:48:35 AM PDT by biblewonk
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To: Loyalist
I saw such a telethon live during a recent visit to Yemen. Whenever someone phoned in a pledge of more $10 (US), a suicide bomber would detonate his tuxedo. The trans-Atlantic telephone lines were jammed...
19 posted on 04/12/2002 9:51:56 AM PDT by tracer
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To: biblewonk
This is what has W shaking in his texas boots.

You mean, he's scared? I don't know about that but, it does seem like Saddam got his wish: using Saudi Arabia as the base from which to strike Iraq is relegated to pipe dream status.

20 posted on 04/12/2002 9:59:06 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: newgeezer
You mean, he's scared? I don't know about that but, it does seem like Saddam got his wish: using Saudi Arabia as the base from which to strike Iraq is relegated to pipe dream status.

Supporting Israel or not supporting it is becoming as difficult as being strongly pro abortion or strongly pro life. All of these things are making the whole commitment more and more difficult.

21 posted on 04/12/2002 10:01:55 AM PDT by biblewonk
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To: biblewonk
All of these things are making the whole commitment more and more difficult.

Who's commitment to what (or whom)?

Dubya seems to be chiefly committed to winning a second term. If your commitment to Dubya is wavering, join the crowd.

22 posted on 04/12/2002 10:06:37 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: Loyalist
"Somehow I don't think Jerry Lewis was consulted"

I'll bet the French are contacting Monsieur Lewis to do their own telethon to benefit all the synogogues and French jews being attacked....

Yeah, and I've also got a date with Charlize Theron tonight...

23 posted on 04/12/2002 10:08:03 AM PDT by Frances_Marion
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To: newgeezer
Who's commitment to what (or whom)?

W's to Israel. I like W in comparison to the job I imagine Albert Arnold Algore Jr would be doing right now, and that's a lot. It's so easy to take the safe road and just dislike everyone isn't it. yb

24 posted on 04/12/2002 10:14:15 AM PDT by biblewonk
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To: biblewonk
I like W in comparison to the job I imagine Albert Arnold Algore Jr would be doing right now, and that's a lot. It's so easy to take the safe road and just dislike everyone isn't it.

If all it takes to put your guy above reproach is a favorable contrast to Algore, you'd better check your pulse. When your President puts his hopes of a second term above his alleged convictions, you go right ahead and turn a blind eye to it, if it makes you feel good. yff

25 posted on 04/12/2002 10:39:57 AM PDT by newgeezer
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To: newgeezer
If all it takes to put your guy above reproach is a favorable contrast to Algore, you'd better check your pulse. When your President puts his hopes of a second term above his alleged convictions, you go right ahead and turn a blind eye to it, if it makes you feel good. yff

I submit to superior pissmanship. yhmf

26 posted on 04/12/2002 10:42:34 AM PDT by biblewonk
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To: Pokey78
Great photo, Pokey! It DOES feel good to give. LOL
27 posted on 04/12/2002 12:33:02 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: Loyalist
As I said on another thread, it seems to me they could stop a lot of suicide bombings if they buried whatever remains of the bomber they could find in a vat of bacon grease, and if the immediate family of the bomber were to be executed as soon as they accepted their check from Iraq or Saudi Arabia. Nobody has the guts to do this, though.
28 posted on 04/12/2002 4:46:52 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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