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  • Pres Bush Address to Congress <b>Sept 11,1990</b>

    09/10/2002 4:56:58 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 3 replies · 149+ views
    Is there some significance between the date of this speech and 9/11/01 - was 9/11 Saddam's reply? Some extracts "We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge: a new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the...
  • The Way Forward for the Palestinians

    07/01/2002 8:43:36 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 5 replies · 181+ views
    Weekly Standars ^ | 07/01/2002 | Daniel Doron
    It's economic development, not peace-processing. The latest mission impossible embraced by those who would resolve the Middle East conflict is the effort to "democratize" the Palestinian Authority, an organization that has thrived on repression, violence, and aggressive irredentism. Meanwhile, a far more promising route to peace--the path of economic cooperation and development--is being neglected or given mere lip service. It's as if the only form of economic life possible for Palestinians were the one that has prevailed in the last ten years--the provision of foreign billions to huge bureaucracies that squandered or stole much of it, while lawlessness and corruption...
  • Arabs 'addicted to illusions,' says ex-Libyan leader

    06/26/2002 7:09:28 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 24 replies · 289+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | June 26, 2002
    Arabs 'addicted to illusions,' says ex-Libyan leader Former prime minister offers radical prescription for Mideast reform Attempts to explain the Arab world's increasingly radicalized religion, obsessive hatred of Jews, love affair with "martyrdom" and pervasive authoritarianism have caused analysts both Western and Arab to blame the problems on everything from poverty to Israeli oppression to the corrupting influences of American pop culture. But a new analysis of the root causes of Arab angst, offered this week by a former prime minister of Libya, is startling – even revolutionary – in its candor. Writing in Thursday's edition of the London-based Arabic-language...
  • Ted Turner speaks out on Mideast conflict(retraction)

    06/19/2002 6:09:29 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 9 replies · 273+ views
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2002
    <p>ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- CNN founder Ted Turner, reacting to criticism of his comments to a London newspaper about violence in the Middle East, said Tuesday he regretted "any implication that I believe the actions taken by Israel to protect its people are equal to terrorism."</p>
  • Propaganda has taken over from humanitarianism

    06/06/2002 5:18:41 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 7 replies · 179+ views
    Australian Financial Review ^ | Jun 7, 2002 | Gerald M. Steinberg
    The term non-governmental organisation (NGO) usually evokes images of altruism and compassion, particularly among the anti-globalisation crowd that believes that states, and the politicians who run them, are flawed and their actions need to be tempered. NGOs are supposed to speak up for the weak and downtrodden, and to promote the rights of individuals and minorities. In this spirit, tens of thousands of NGOs have sprung up, concentrating on environmental issues, human rights, humanitarian relief and campaigns against dangerous weapons such as land-mines and small arms. These groups are well funded and use their generous budgets to promote themselves and...
  • AN APOLOGY [FOR JEWISH TERRORISM ] - my title

    05/04/2002 7:28:32 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 14 replies · 4+ views
    Warnow blogspot ^ | April 17, 2002 | Stephen Berger
    "Following the latest atrocity in Jerusalem, U.S. Secretary of State Powell pleaded with the Palestinians to issue some form of denunciation. Yassir Arafat complained that only the Palestinian side is ever required to denounce terror. Predictably, the palestinian denunciation later mumbles that they, "deplore the murder of civilians on both sides." When trapped in that Berlin bunker in 1945, Arafat's guru would probably have said much the same. Perhaps the palestinians have a point, and so to set the record straight, I do hereby denounce the following in the name of the Jewish People: 1. All Jewish suicide bombers who...
  • The U.N.'s Israel Obsession

    05/03/2002 10:29:29 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 1 replies · 61+ views
    Daily Standard ^ | 5-6-02 | David Tell
    IN 1948, when the armies of five surrounding Arab dictatorships invaded tiny, newborn Israel--in what the secretary general of the Arab League announced was a "war of extermination" against "the Jews"--the United Nations sat on its ass. And did not send a fact-finding mission. But, oh, how the U.N. has been making up for that oversight ever since. For more than 50 years now, the Jews have been its favorite subject. Among the nearly 200 nations represented at the U.N., only Israel has ever been assigned special--reduced--membership privileges, its ambassadors formally barred, for 53 straight years ending only recently, from...
  • Claims of massacre go unsupported by Palestinian fighters

    04/29/2002 10:38:38 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 17 replies · 862+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/29/2002 | Charles A. Radin, Globe Staff and Dan Ephron
    <p>JENIN, West Bank - Palestinian Authority allegations that a large-scale massacre of civilians was committed by Israeli troops during their invasion of the refugee camp here appear to be crumbling under the weight of eyewitness accounts from Palestinian fighters who participated in the battle and camp residents who remained in their homes until the final hours of the fighting.</p>
  • Guilty until proven guilty

    04/29/2002 7:59:47 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 8 replies · 472+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 29, 2002
    Remember the East German Olympic judges? They were the ones who would blithely hold up a score of 2.6 for an American skater when all the other judges held up scores in the high nines. One East German judge is comical; a commission stacked with East German judges is what Israel is being asked to accept from the United Nations. The respected diplomats chosen by the UN to judge Israel hardly intend to be as crass as the East Germans were. Who could question the bona fides of the former president of Finland, former head of the International Committee of...
  • Who will watch the watchdogs?

    04/27/2002 11:45:07 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 6 replies · 159+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 28, 2002 | Dov B. Fischer
    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a three-person investigative committee to visit the site in Jenin where Israeli efforts to uproot the infrastructure of terror have prompted Arab allegations of "massacre." However, before the "fact-finding team" is dispatched, those who care about fairness should carefully investigate the investigators. Jenin was the center of terror that trained 28 home-grown suicide bombers. Twenty-three of them succeeded as homicide bombers. The area was controlled by the terrorist networks of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigade, and the Tanzim. Within Israel - a country that prides itself on acerbic self-criticism and that...
  • Witness to Jenin justice

    04/27/2002 1:45:07 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 4 replies · 110+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 24, 2002 | Robert Plotkin
    A man suspected of collaborating with Israel was shot Monday afternoon a short distance from where I stood in the Jenin refugee camp. As aid workers sifted the rubble for bodies in the devastated center, I heard multiple shots coming from an alley.I, along with my Palestinian guides, ran up the alley toward the sound of the gunfire. An aid worker fled down the alley, shaking a stick at men surrounding the victim. Camp residents spotted me running towards the shots with my camera, and tried to pull me away screaming out, "No pictures! No pictures!" Struggling free of the...
  • On the Radiology of Suicide Bombing

    04/26/2002 7:29:41 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 18 replies · 430+ views
    Arutz7 ^ | 26 April 2002 | Louis Rene Beres
    What actually happens, medically, to victims of Palestinian suicide bombings? This question has been expertly addressed by an American physician who had come to lecture at two Jerusalem area hospitals last December and was invited by colleagues at Shaarei Zedek and Hadassah to examine images of the most severely wounded persons. A radiologist in Highland Park, Illinois, Dr. Michael L. Messing subsequently prepared a report on his direct observations that offers us an altogether new level of understanding about Arab terrorism. With such understanding we can all begin to feel the unimaginable pain and suffering not normally communicable by ritualistic...
  • Seeing through the fog

    04/25/2002 2:16:44 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 1 replies · 4+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 25, 2002 | Yuval Levin
    The Palestinian bombers and their leader, Arafat, have have made it plain that they will not abide Israel's continued existence, and that the West Bank and Gaza will not be enough Two propositions could help some Europeans and Americans clear the fog of moral equivalence that has settled over their perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First, if the Palestinians were to lay down their arms and renounce the use of force tomorrow, they would get their own state very quickly. They would have peace with the Israelis, and would surely even receive support from Israel in getting themselves established. Second,...
  • Portrait of the terrorist as a young man

    04/23/2002 8:59:45 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 12 replies · 230+ views
    Haaretz ^ | April 23, 2002 | Amos Harel and Omer Barak
    Apathetic, almost laid-back, sometimes even entertaining, is how Thabet Mardawi yesterday described his time as a senior Islamic Jihad member. The terrorist from Jenin, who dispatched nine suicide bombers to fatal attacks inside Israel, is not ashamed of anything he has done. "I am proud," he says, "I did something for my people, for Allah." Does that mean you admit to killing dozens of civilians in these attacks? Mardawi: "All's fair in war." Mardawi, 26, from the village of Araba, west of Jenin in the West Bank, was one of three leading Islamic Jihad members the IDF killed or captured...
  • The World Upside Down

    04/21/2002 9:41:39 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 7 replies · 362+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 19 April 2002 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Fifth-century Athens was the product of Salamis; the First World War turned parlor Marxism into deadly Communism. The battle of Yorktown cost the British an entire people — unruly offspring that would come to fight, haunt, and eventually save them. The Missouri Compromise was once seen as adept peacemaking; after Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, and Appomattox, such negotiation about an evil like slavery appeared the height of naiveté. For fifty years, through wars, embargoes, lectures, and terror, Americans have assumed that Gulf sheiks that fueled our gas-guzzlers were our friends — and so we politely, but rather amorally, looked the other...
  • Stick your order where the sun don't shine - my title

    04/21/2002 8:51:59 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 21, 2002
    The following is the text of a letter sent to Radix Technologies Ltd. by Jens Peter Hansen, of the SID General Workers Union, a Danish union and the response by Dov Shoam, the CEO of Radix Technologies Ltd. For the complete accompanying story, click here. Name: Jens Peter Hansen Message: To the Manager Just now we're ready to buy 60 pieces off your "Radix protector net solution." But for the moment, when the Israeli militaire is behaving so rough in the Palestinian Areas, nor I or my Union feel that it's is right to make business with companies from your...
  • A Sanctuary Under Siege: Clergy Expected Palestinians to Seek Refuge

    04/20/2002 6:55:13 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 19 replies · 291+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2002 | Craig Whitlock
    .......The prayers that evening, April 2, were interrupted by a gunshot coming from the Franciscan monastery, adjacent to the church's ancient basilica. A bullet blew apart a lock to a century-old side door, enabling a handful of Palestinian gunmen to walk in. Over the next two hours, dozens more followed, about 200 in all, until the sanctuary was filled with Palestinians, black paint streaked across many of their faces. The sudden appearance of a small army of guerrilla fighters in one of the holiest sites in Christianity did not, however, come as a complete surprise to most of the clergy...
  • We fight like girls and we are accused of a massacre

    04/20/2002 8:55:38 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 77 replies · 498+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 20, 2002 | Ewen MacAskill
    As Israeli tanks begin to withdraw from Jenin they leave behind claim and counter-claim over what really happened out of sight of the cameras. Guardian reporters talk to both sides. Sergeant Israel Kaspi is a combat veteran, having seen service in the Yom Kippur war in 1973 and in the Lebanon in 1982. But he said yesterday that the most intense firefight he had ever been involved in took place this month in Jenin, in the West Bank. Sgt Kaspi, who returned home from Jenin on Thursday night, described scenes of ferocious resistance by the Palestinians as the Israeli army...
  • Abolish UNRWA

    04/15/2002 7:08:45 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 164+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 15, 2002
    As pictures of the destruction in Palestinian areas beam out across the world, it is not surprising that US Secretary of State Colin Powell would see fit to meet with relief agencies and pledge US assistance to help relieve the Palestinians' plight. What is less understandable is America's choosing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as the conduit for $30 million in additional aid. UNRWA was founded 52 years ago as a temporary agency to help the Palestinian refugees from the first Arab war to destroy Israel, in 1948. In a report he submitted in November 1951, UNRWA...
  • Bibi Netanyahu's Speech Before the US Senate

    04/11/2002 7:16:08 PM PDT · by anapikoros · 26 replies · 338+ views
    INN ^ | Apr-12-02
    Former PM Binyamin Netanyahu's Speech Before the US Senate Following is the address delivered to the US Senate by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Mr. Netanyahu is traveling in the US and Europe as an official emissary of the Government of Israel, working to sway public opinion in Israel’s favor. Distinguished Senators, I have come here to voice what I believe is an urgently needed reminder: That the war on terror can be won with clarity and courage or lost with confusion and vacillation. Seven months ago, on a clear day in the capital of freedom, I was...
  • As If

    04/10/2002 8:30:02 AM PDT · by anapikoros · 7 replies · 279+ views
    JINSA ^ | March 18, 2002
    President Bush criticized Israeli raids in Palestinian areas because he said they don't "contribute to conditions for peace." Secretary Powell was harsher. "If you declare war on the Palestinians and think you can solve the problem by seeing how many Palestinians can be killed... I don't know [whether] that leads us anywhere." VP Cheney arrived in Israel today saying, "I will be talking to Prime Minister Sharon about steps Israel can take to eliminate devastating hardships experienced by innocent men, women and children." Their comments share a structural problem as well as a political one. All place upon Israel the...
  • Middle East Madness

    04/01/2002 6:53:04 AM PST · by anapikoros · 8 replies · 165+ views
    National Review ^ | April 1, 2002 | Jay Nordlinger
    I have almost given up talking about the Middle East, trying to persuade people on it, because it seems futile. Either you see the Middle East clearly — more specifically, the Arab-Israeli conflict clearly — or you don’t. I am in the persuasion business — the opinion-journalism business — and probably have no business making such an admission, but here I am. I have found, in the last many years, that trying to persuade people about the Middle East is like trying to persuade people about religion: a fool’s errand. People find out for themselves, by various ways (which may...
  • Indifference to History

    03/28/2002 8:59:10 PM PST · by anapikoros · 18 replies · 205+ views
    frontpagemagazine.com ^ | March 29, 2002 | Bruce Thornton
    BEING A LIBERAL IS LIKE GOING TO THE THEATER--both require a willing suspension of disbelief.  Every day you have to ignore the brutal facts of history and human nature, and reconstruct the world to match the fantasies of perfecting human life once the right-minded people--i.e. liberals--are given enough power to correct the oppressive institutions and practices that have distorted a naturally good human nature. The current crisis in Israel illustrates this process beautifully.  Many liberals see the issue as simply one of unfulfilled Palestinian national aspirations and the suffering caused by an "illegal" occupation.  Using the same therapeutic calculus that...
  • The Region

    03/22/2002 4:51:15 AM PST · by anapikoros · 2+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | March 22, 2002 | Barry Rubin
    I'M SURE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION THOUGHT it was very clever by proposing a resolution recently passed by the UN supporting a Palestinian state in exchange for a ceasefire. No doubt, aside from viewing it as promoting the U.S. image in the Arab world--as if such a gesture would change any Arab state's policy to support the war against terrorism or a U.S. attack on Iraq--the idea was to tantalize Yasser Arafat by saying, "Just think! All you need do is impose a real ceasefire and you get a state!" But that's not the way it will be read. Instead, it...
  • Israel's moment of truth - J Post Editorial not the Hal Lindsey article

    03/21/2002 11:11:54 PM PST · by anapikoros · 3 replies · 27+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 22, 2002
    We are living through a case of human experimentation gone awry, as if this time the results will be different. In a span of 24 hours, 10 Israeli citizens have been murdered in suicide-massacres on a bus and a central Jerusalem street. Israel will not give in to this barbarism, but it will not end unless it is confronted rather than appeased. In the six months since September 11, we have gone through a complete cycle that started with appeasement, switched to confrontation, and then back to appeasement. The cycle began with the sense that, at the moment the United...
  • Annan's Careless Language

    03/21/2002 2:09:33 PM PST · by anapikoros · 19 replies · 200+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2002 | George P. Fletcher
    A redefinition of the Middle East conflict occurred last week when Secretary General Kofi Annan of the United Nations called Israel's occupation of lands acquired in the 1967 Six Day War "illegal." A new and provocative label of "illegality" is now out of the chute and running loose, ready to wreak damage. The worst prospect is that Palestinians will dig in with a new feeling of righteousness and believe that the international community will force Israel to withdraw from its "illegal occupation." In Middle Eastern politics, memory enables each side to nurture its grievances but there is little collective memory...
  • Deported Israelis weren't spies, FBI says

    03/07/2002 12:12:58 AM PST · by anapikoros · 16 replies · 248+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 6, 2002 | Tribune news services
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several dozen Israeli students have been deported since last year under a cloud of suspicion over possible espionage, but U.S. authorities said Tuesday that they are confident the youths were art peddlers, not spies. Rumors of espionage by Israeli students have circulated for months only to be denied by law-enforcement officials. New reports Tuesday in the French news media revived the issue, and Israeli officials called the articles "nonsense." The allegations were triggered by a 2001 internal memo at the Drug Enforcement Administration describing "suspicious" activity by the students. Employees at several federal buildings, from California to ...
  • Arafat's Blurred Vision

    02/13/2002 4:25:33 AM PST · by anapikoros · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Aish.com ^ | Jonathan Abbett
    On February 3, 2002, The New York Times published an op-ed piece by Yasser Arafat entitled, "A Palestinian Vision of Peace" Following is the text of Arafat's article (in italics), followed by points of rebuttal. For the past 16 months, Israelis and Palestinians have been locked in a catastrophic cycle of violence, a cycle which only promises more bloodshed and fear. The cycle has led many to conclude that peace is impossible, a myth borne out of ignorance of the Palestinian position. Now is the time for the Palestinians to state clearly, and for the world to hear clearly, the ...
  • INTERESTING TIMES: Why Arafat hates a state

    02/11/2002 9:24:14 PM PST · by anapikoros · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 11, 2002 | Saul Singer
    In an op-ed in Wednesday's Yediot Aharonot, author Amos Oz argues that the Palestinians are split in two: those seeking independence and those seeking to destroy Israel. The Palestinians could have had their independence a year ago, writes Oz, were it not for the "cowardly evasion" of the Palestinian leadership, which has "blurred the lines between the Palestinians fighting to be a free nation and those conspiring to deny the Jews that very right." In an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times, Yasser Arafat claims to be in Oz's first school. The Palestinians want a state "living as an equal ...
  • Why Arafat Must Go

    02/08/2002 7:53:58 PM PST · by anapikoros · 10 replies · 144+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, February 8, 2002 | Charles Krauthammer
    Chairman Arafat must . . . choose, once and for all, the option of peace over violence," testified Secretary of State Colin Powell before Congress on Tuesday. If you had a dollar for every time an American official, from the president on down, has said this during the past eight years, you could fund the Pentagon. A few days earlier Powell had called this "a moment of truth for Chairman Arafat." Was not the moment of truth supposed to be Sept. 13, 1993, when Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn and solemnly committed the PLO ...
  • Arafat's million-martyr march

    02/07/2002 6:26:01 PM PST · by anapikoros · 22 replies · 62+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | Feb 7, 2002
    Tells his faithful 'we will make the lives of the infidels hell' Israel Television Channel One broadcast today Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addressing a crowd in Ramallah with the promise that they would take Jerusalem soon and "we will make the lives of the infidels hell." He then led them in the chant "millions of martyrs marching to Jerusalem." This latest hard-line rhetoric stands in stark contrast to Arafat's peacemaker image as cultivated in the West with an opinion piece in last Sunday's New York Times. Last week, the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadida referred to America ...
  • Jihad University

    02/05/2002 7:31:27 PM PST · by anapikoros · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 6, 2002 | Daniel Pipes
    Jihad University Daniel Pipes(February 6) - Sami al-Arian, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, might lose his job any day now. Most coverage of his story portrays the computer scientist as the victim of a political witch-hunt, but that misses the real story, which is about his links to terrorism. A New York Times editorial criticizing USF for planning to fire al-Arian gives the impression the issue is a long-ago speech calling for "victory to Islam" and "death to Israel." Another account suggests the Palestinian professor might be dismissed for merely failing to inform viewers ...
  • The rockets' red glare

    02/05/2002 6:24:49 PM PST · by anapikoros · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 6, 2002 | Michael Freund
    There is nothing quite like the feeling one gets when picking up a local newspaper and discovering that your home may now be within range of Palestinian Kassem-2 rockets. Apparently not satisfied with the wave of gunmen and suicide bombers they have used against innocent Israelis of late, Palestinians have now decided to enter the missile age, building home-made rockets capable of striking Israeli towns and cities. It is bad enough many of the roofs in this country seem unable to withstand even the occasional winter rainfall, with water regularly leaking into living rooms and bedrooms. How confident, therefore, can ...
  • Palestinian mob kills three defendants in Jenin

    02/05/2002 3:17:50 AM PST · by anapikoros · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5 Feb 2002
    A Palestinian mob in Jenin broke into a courthouse and killed three Palestinians who had just been found guilty of killing a security force officer four days ago, Israel Radio reported. About 500 angry Palestinians dragged the bodies through the streets, firing shots into the air. The judge had just sentenced two of the defendants to death and one to 15 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. The defendants told the judge they had killed the Preventive Security Force officer, Osama Kamal, because he killed Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in the first intifada. The defendants were killed ...
  • Arutz-7 TV News Team Interviews Netanyahu

    01/31/2002 1:02:00 PM PST · by anapikoros · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz-7 ^ | Jan 31, 02
    In an exclusive Arutz-7 TV interview, Gabi Newman and Nicole Monk pose tough questions to Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: - You spoke with Arafat, you met him, you were even "impressed by his personality." Should Arafat be exiled? - Many of your critics claim that you are very good in words, but not in actions. Many of our viewers supported you in previous elections, and today they don't believe you anymore. How can you guarantee them that you will fulfill your promises and won't betray them again like you did last time [They saw you give away Hevron. They ...
  • After Arafat

    01/31/2002 3:15:10 AM PST · by anapikoros · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 30 Jan, 2002 | Jim Hoagland
    President Bush has washed his hands of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian's lies, vacillation and corruption. But that understandable human reaction to Arafat's record of treachery is no exit strategy. Bush's sharp public rejection of Arafat as a leader increases U.S. responsibility to help bring an end to the savage bloodletting between Israelis and Palestinians. Bush now bears a moral and political obligation to help develop an alternative Palestinian leadership -- one the United States can work with to implement this administration's commitment to a Palestinian state. Otherwise that commitment will be revealed as a cynical (but unsuccessful) gimmick to ...
  • Terror and the Mockingbird

    01/18/2002 5:51:50 AM PST · by anapikoros · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Jewsweek.com ^ | 18 January, 2001 | Nathan I Cherny
    I treated Avi Boaz's wife before she passed away earlier this month. Today, I am walking in Avi's funeral procession. - - - - - - - - - - - - When I transferred 68-year-old Eve Boaz from Shaare Zedek Medical Center to the Hospice at Mount Scopus last month I knew I was saying farewell. Death is a frequent visitor in my professional life. It is usually expected and timely. On that wintry Jerusalem morning, what I did not realize was that I was also saying farewell to her committed partner Avi. Eve was dying of cancer of ...
  • The shrinking world of Mr Palestine

    01/15/2002 6:14:42 AM PST · by anapikoros · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Australian Financial Review ^ | Jan 10, 2001 | Tony Walker
    Yasser Arafat is living these days with his demons in a make-believe world that his senior advisers describe as one of the most dangerous of a turbulent career. This week's peace shuttle by the American special Middle East envoy, Anthony Zinni, came and went like a desert mirage, leaving Arafat right where he has been for the past month - a prisoner in a nondescript walled compound fending off demands that he do more to end terror attacks against Israel. According to advisers, he is resolute in the face of Israeli pressure - from his office window Israeli tanks with ...
  • ARAFAT'S LOVE OF BLOOD

    12/23/2001 4:47:43 AM PST · by anapikoros · 39 replies · 134+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 21, 2001 | JOHN PODHORETZ
    <p>IT didn't take long. Only two days, in fact. Two days for Yasser Arafat to prove yet again that his currency is the blood of the innocent, not the peace of the brave.</p> <p>On Sunday, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority gave a speech that was deemed so important it was carried live with simultaneous translation on CNN. His advisers had leaked advance word that he would demand that all groups cease their terrorist activities against Israel.</p>
  • Second Lawsuit Filed Against Arafat in Belgium

    12/20/2001 4:00:25 PM PST · by anapikoros · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 20, 2001 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) faced accusations of inciting genocide on Thursday in a lawsuit filed under a Belgian law allowing foreigners to be prosecuted for human rights abuses abroad, lawyers said. Lawyers for a group of 17 plaintiffs from Israel, France and the United States said the lawsuit accused Arafat of incitement to genocide and crimes against humanity. It is the second lawsuit in two months to be filed in Brussels against the 72-year-old Palestinian leader under the controversial law, which allows Belgian courts to try foreigners for war crimes and rights abuses ...
  • Defeated Arafat declares victory

    12/17/2001 2:12:57 PM PST · by anapikoros · 4 replies · 98+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 17, 2001 | Barry Rubin
    In his dramatic speech marking Ramadan's end, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat gave up and claimed victory. With his 15-month-long war of independence on the verge of military and diplomatic disaster, Arafat decided it was time to call an end to the fighting and a return to negotiations. Whether he has the willpower and political power to impose a cease-fire will only be seen in the coming days. Arafat appeared alert and energetic as he delivered his 25-minute message, though the effect was somewhat spoiled by wandering themes, needless repetition, and points only incompletely made. The speech's main thrust was ...
  • The Big Lie

    12/13/2001 9:07:49 PM PST · by anapikoros · 14 replies · 971+ views
    yahoo groups | 12/13/01 | Sharon Nader Sloan
    The West Bank is occupied Palestinian land. This phase is repeated, as a given, by all the governments of the world and by the entire news media, etc. This idea that the West Bank is occupied Palestinian land has been accepted by almost everyone. Yet, it is, in fact, the greatest lie ever perpetrated on the whole of humanity. If you think this is an outlandish statement please read on and decide for yourself. Palestinians claim that Palestine is their land, and that Jerusalem is their capital, and that Israel is occupying their land. To resist occupation they have the ...
  • Close the Palestinian suicide factory

    12/11/2001 7:13:38 PM PST · by anapikoros · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 12 | Daniel Pipes
    After four suicide operations that left 27 Israelis dead and some 200 wounded, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made a surprising claim. He said that Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, "is responsible for everything that is happening here," a reference to this onslaught of terrorist violence. To which one might reasonably ask - why blame Arafat? No one blamed the US president for Timothy McVeigh's car bomb in Oklahoma City (or other politicians for the terrorism that occurs on their watch) - so why should it be different with Arafat? Isn't Sharon being unfair? Let's look at the evidence. Every inquiry ...
  • CHRISTIAN EMBASSY STATEMENT ON CONFLICT IN ISRAEL

    12/06/2001 2:35:08 PM PST · by anapikoros · 16 replies · 5+ views
    Emailed News Release ^ | 5 December 2001
    Subject: ICEJ STATEMENT ON CURRENT CONFLICT IN ISRAEL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, 5 December 2001 The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is a worldwide Christian ministry headquartered in Jerusalem, where we have been daily witnesses for more than twenty years to the ups of downs of the Arab-Israeli conflict and international efforts to bring it to a peaceful resolution. We have a proven track record of reaching out in sincere Christian love to all the peoples of the Holy Land, Jews and Arabs alike, and consider ourselves to be an informed and concerned observer to this dispute. We are convinced that ...
  • Role of Bethlehem's new Christian militia unclear

    12/06/2001 7:36:37 AM PST · by anapikoros · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 6, 2001
    An armed Christian Palestinian militia has been organized in Bethlehem over the past several weeks. The new militia is cooperating with the Fatah's Tanzim militia in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city, Israel Radio reported Palestinian sources as saying. However, Israeli defense sources said the militia was created to defend the city's Christian residents from armed Tanzim men. About 80 percent of Bethlehem's population is Muslim and the remaining 20% is Christian. A large part of the Christian population has left the city since the Palestinian Authority took control in 1995.
  • The last two Jews in Kabul fight like cat and dog

    12/05/2001 4:19:09 AM PST · by anapikoros · 5 replies · 3+ views
    FR Foreign Affair Forum ^ | 12/04/01 | Marcus Warren
    Best laugh I had all day - and its a true story. HERE
  • And now on to Baghdad

    12/05/2001 3:47:41 AM PST · by anapikoros · 4 replies · 25+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 5, 2001 | Daniel Pipes and Jonathan Schanzer
    As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the argument over Iraq is heating up. The Bush administration has dropped some heavy hints about the need to rid the world of the Saddam Hussein regime. In response, some are denouncing this prospect. Their dissenting views, which fall under six main rubrics, need to be taken very seriously. * Catastrophe. A "great catastrophe" will follow if an Arab country is hit, predicts King Abdullah II of Jordan, echoed by Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shara's warning of "endless problems" if any Arab country is struck. Sounds ominous - but these two leaders forget ...
  • The end of the Arafat era

    12/04/2001 5:10:00 PM PST · by anapikoros · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 5, 2001 | Gerald M. Steinberg
    Fifteen months after the Palestinian campaign of violence and terror began, it has evolved from a "low-intensity conflict," in the academic jargon, into a full-scale war. Following the brutal attacks and suicide bombings of the past week, the diplomatic and military limits on IDF responses have disappeared, and its full power is now being unleashed. In the past few months, as the casualties from Palestinian terror increased, the hesitation and caution that characterized the government's responses to the first phases of Yasser Arafat's war eroded. The continuing war of attrition, with daily drive-by shootings and spasms of mass killing, became ...
  • Arafat's critical moment

    12/04/2001 3:52:30 PM PST · by anapikoros · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports ^ | 4 Dec 2001 | Wolf Blitzer
    <p>I have been a Yasser Arafat watcher for more than two decades. I was in Beirut in the early 1980s when the Israelis invaded Lebanon and he was expelled and wound up establishing his headquarters in Tunisia. I later covered the Israeli-Palestinian signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in September 1993 and witnessed Arafat's historic handshake with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Many of you who have seen that video clip will remember how then President Clinton used his big arms to bring Arafat and Rabin together. The president's aides later told me that they had rehearsed that move with him -- hoping he would be able to participate in that symbolic gesture. By the way, to this very day, the current Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has repeatedly refused to shake hands with Arafat -- arguing that the Palestinian leader has too much blood on his hands.</p>
  • The war against Israel goes on

    12/03/2001 2:11:05 AM PST · by anapikoros · 9 replies · 169+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/2/2001 | Jeff Jacoby
    <p>LAST WEEK retired Marine General Anthony Zinni began a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the latest in a depressingly long line of US envoys sent to nudge along the Israeli-Arab ''peace process.'' Zinni's mission, it seems safe to say, will achieve what all the missions preceding his have achieved; namely, nothing - or at least nothing resembling progress toward real peace.</p>