Thursday, May 30, 2002

Egyptian Paper Waxes Poetic

Oh no, this is just a sample. Read the whole article for more good stuff ...

"The American president Bill Clinton, with the most famous scandal regarding women, was in love with the childish Jewess Madeleine Albright, the secretary of state. He would make no decision without getting the approval of this woman, who became notorious for her short garments that often caused embarrassment when she met political dignitaries. She too, in the end, followed the same path, describing the Palestinian resistance as terror, and she spared no efforts in her support for Israel!"

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Palestinian Leader: Number of Jewish Victims in the Holocaust Might be "Even Less Than a Million..."

A 1982 doctoral dissertation by Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Mahmoud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, who is considered second to Yasser Arafat, discussed "the secret ties between the Nazis and the Zionist movement leadership." Two years later, a study by Abu Mazen based on his dissertation for Moscow's Oriental College was published in Arabic by Dar Ibn Rushd publishers in Amman, Jordan.

In the introduction to his 1984 study, Abu Mazen referred to well-known Holocaust deniers, raised doubts that gas chambers were used for extermination of Jews, and claimed that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust might be "even less than a million." Abu Mazen claimed that the Zionist movement had a stake in convincing world public opinion that the number of victims was high; thus, it would achieve "greater gains" after the war when the time came to "distribute the spoils."

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Palestinian Woman Chooses Life

Why did she change her mind? Her handlers told her to dress like a modern Israeli woman, with her hair loose, makeup, sunglasses and tight-fitting trousers.

"I didn't want to do this because it was against my religious beliefs," she told the newspapers.

Her disillusionment with her handlers grew when she was told that she should blow herself up before she reached the target if she thought she was going to be caught.

"Blow up for nothing? What is this - trading in the blood of martyrs only so that my handlers can say that they executed the operation?" she said.

Oh well, women aren't promised the 6 dozen or so virgins for martyrdom in heaven anyway ...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Palestinian Gunman Kills Israeli Teens In Schoolyard

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379th Air Expeditionary Wing Moves To Qatar

Amid all the juggling of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf, one move stands out. The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing --- a self-contained small air force of fighters, bombers, reconnaissance and electronic warfare planes with its own communications net --- is being shifted to Al-Udeid airbase in Qatar. The 379th will continue to support operations in Afghanistan, but it now looks far better placed for a future role over Iraq.

Attacks against al Qaida in Yemen and Saudi Arabia

A big security clampdown in the Yemen, with arrests of 170 people suspected of links to al Qaida and new teams of bodyguards assigned to government officials around the country, is thought to presage the long-awaited attack on al Qaida bases in the deep interior near the Saudi border. Saudi sources say that President Ali Abdullah Saleh gave the order to prepare the offensive at a special security council meeting this week with military commanders and security agencies. The meeting came after warnings that al Qaida had been recruiting more support among Islamist groups to launch a campaign against Saleh as an American lapdog.

Two Killed In Petah Tikva Suicide Bombing

Arafat says he can't control these people ... yet then he says he's the guy that Israel should negotiate with. Why give him what he wants if bombs will still happen?

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Iran Says Bush Acting Like A 'Sheriff In The Wild West'

What Iran's Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani failed to realize is that Sheriffs in the Wild West made it safe for everyone else ... yet he doesn't realize they're the bad guys.

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Friday, May 24, 2002

EU Objects to the term 'Islamic Fundamentalist' When Talking About Bin Laden

And they want to tell the BBC what to print. It seems that terrorism is very 'un-Islamic.' That's right, the BBC is promoting 'Islamophobia.'

Confusing to all, the Jerusalem Post feels like the BBC is contributing to anti-semitism, claims Douglas Davis, the London correspondent of the Jerusalem Post. The BBC's "profound anti-Israel bias" has become ingrained in an organisation "permeated with post-colonial guilt", he writes in this week's Spectator.

It's hard to know; I do know this. When Osama Bin Laden started attacking the US, he wasn't citing Buddha.

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Barbie Exemplifies The Evil of the West

Merchants in Iran are having their Barbie dolls rounded up -- again. Last time, in 1996, it was because Barbie was a 'trojan horse' of evil western influence, advocating short skirts and makeup.

In March, Iranian toy makers responded to Barbie with Sara, a moonfaced doll clad in an Islamic chador or traditional Iranian folk costumes. Her twin brother, Dara, is also the picture of Iranian propriety -- a far cry from Barbie's beefcake boyfriend Ken.

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

Mubarak Talks Peace

President Hosni Mubarak, marking the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, called on Muslims to project a true image of a merciful and compassionate Islam by showing moderation and taking part in dialogue with non-Muslims.

In a speech aired late Wednesday on Egyptian television, Mubarak said, "Our differences with others in religion, culture and principles do not imply enmity to the others." He also said only Muslims have the right to define Islamic culture and principles, based on a clear vision of "our moderate Islamic faith."

Mubarak continues what is one of the most astute diplomatic balancing acts of modern times. On one hand he continues to allow certain radical fringe elements to operate ... on the other hand he doesn't allow any official action that would aggravate the situation in the mid-east. He doesn't get assassinated by the radicals or duped into war like his predecessors.

The list of great non-western diplomats acknowledged by the west is rather short but Mubarak certainly makes the cut.

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2 killed, 40 wounded by Rishon suicide bomber

Again ...

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Palestinian Election Committee Members Resign

The five members of the Palestinians' Central Elections Committee have resigned because Yasser Arafat has failed to set a date for new elections, despite repeated promises, an official close to the panel said Thursday.

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How Iraq Gets Around UN Sanctions

A rather blistering expose from the Middle East Media Research Institute.

It seems that on 'oil for food' the suppliers are reimbursed from the UN fund after the transactions are completed ... but THE IRAQIS NEGOTIATE THE DEALS with the suppliers. So, of course, if you're doing business with Hussein you have to pad the bill and give the extra money to him.

Or you can import things which you don't need and then export them again for cash.

Or you can smuggle oil through trustworthy Syria.

Or you can give journalists special 'coupons' for oil which they can sell to foreign oil companies.

No wonder people say 'UN sanctions aren't working.'

The summary is linked below. For the full text see Al-Hayat, May 8, 2002.

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EU Told By Gulf Oil States To Keep Quiet About Human Rights

And they made no secret about it. This lends even less credibility to the EU when it comes to their overstated criticism of Israel and the US.

Dr Jamal Al Suweidi, director of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research: "We affirmed to them that the development process in the GCC countries is different from that in other countries. We believe that linking such a process in the GCC to human rights concepts in the West amounts to interference in the special characteristics of the GCC and this again raises the issue of double-standard policies."

Giacomo Luciani, professor of political economy and co-director of the Mediterranean Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Italy, fired back:
"I can assure you that there are no fundamental disagreements between the EU and the GCC."

Way to stick to those human rights principles, guys!

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Muslims travelling through West urged to be cautious

Especially in the Balkans. The eastern europeans had so much oppression by the Muslims that even the Russians looked better to them. Having a lot more experience than the west in dealing with this kind of thing, it seems they have taken to shooting Muslims on sight in Macedonia.

Six young Pakistanis were killed mistakenly by Macedonian forces in the capital Skopje, after Holy Quranic verses were found in the pocket of one youngster.

Burney said the Macedonian forces suspected the men of being members of Al Qaida and shot them all.

No jihad was declared by any Muslim country for these deaths.

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Israeli Embassy In Paris Up In Flames

"Initial indications from our investigation indicate it appears to be accidental in origin, perhaps a short circuit," said a Paris police spokeswoman.

And an alarming coincidence, given the escalating number of anti-semitic attacks in France over the last few months.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Saudis Cite 9/11 For Surge In Islamic Conversions

Of the 942 people from 19 countries who embraced Islam here in the Kingdom last year, 709 did so after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Nouf ibn Nasser Al-Qarain, Director of the Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance in Al-Batha, said conversion spiked dramatically after the terrorist attacks.

Nouf did not mention that since the majority of the terrorists came courtesy of Saudi Arabia, some people living there thought changing to Muslim might be a good idea.

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Syria Rejects Sharon Stipulations For Syrian Involvement In Peace Negotitations

Israel laid out eight conditions that Damascus would have to meet if it wished to join a regional peace conference proposed by Sharon. They were: (1)That Syria should expel 11 "terrorist organizations" operating on its territories; (2)deport Iranian Revolutionary Guards from Lebanon; (3)prevent arms shipments to and halt assistance to Hezbollah; (4)allow the deployment of the Lebanese Army on the border with Israel;(5) dismantle Hezbollah infrastructure;(6) end Syria's presence in Lebanon; and offer information to Israel about its (7)prisoners and (8) missing.

Syrian Vice-President Abdel Halim Khaddam said Tuesday that Sharon's conditions for allowing Syria to attend a proposed regional conference mean that peace is impossible.

Which parts are holding things up, Abdel? 1,2,3 and 5, stopping terrorism? 4 and 6, getting out of Lebanon? Or 7 and 8, letting Israelis know about their POWs and MIAs?

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Monday, May 20, 2002

Justice In Pakistan; Rape Victims Are The Criminals

Because rape is still sex outside marriage. Yayyyyyy Koran! The good news is the death sentence by stoning, from the 'hudood', enacted 23 years ago, has never actually been implemented and drew protests anyway. Rape is also a crime but is almost impossible to prove, so women are often punished.

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United Nations Committee Against Torture Questions Saud Representatives

Well, they signed this agreement, part of which forbids the use of flogging and amputation as punishment, four years ago. The mild questioning from the UN drew an outburst from the Saudi delegates, who said that the committee had no jurisdiction over Shariah, the Islamic legal code derived from the Koran.

"This law has existed for 1,400 years," protested Turki al-Madi, a Saudi diplomat based in Geneva. "And the committee wants to change it. I'm sorry, you cannot."

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Some Balanced Thoughts On Mid-East Peace

Ami Isseroff, an Israeli,

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And Ahmad Humeid, a Jordanian,
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With some common sense thoughts and ideas on resolving the ongoing crisis.

Beirut blast kills PFLP-GC leader's son

Jihad ( note the name ) Jabril, 41, the son of Ahmad Jibril, commander of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, was killed Monday in a car-bomb explosion in Beirut. Lebanese security sources said explosives had been placed under the driver seat of a car.

PFLP-GC officials blamed Monday's killing on Israel, claiming retaliation for firing of Katyusha rockets from southern Lebanon into northern Israel last month in support of the Palestinian intifada.

Jibril's group, which opposes the policies of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and rejects any peace accord with Israel and is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

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The World's Dumbest Suicide Bomber

He made it to a bus station south of Afula in the Jezereel Valley, a few miles from the West Bank town of Jenin and blew himself up when he was caught.

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Friday, May 17, 2002

Belgian Court To Decide If Belgian Courts Get To Try Anyone They Want For War Crimes

In a test of whether or not the bloated, bureaucratic european courts can extend their mindspeak even further, Belgian courts will get to decide on June 26 whether or not they finally get to put someone from Israel on trial for something. According to a controversial law, Belgium is entitled to try foreign officials suspected of war crimes regarding events that do not involve Belgium. Ariel Sharon is one of about 40 world figures against whom complaints have been lodged in Belgium since the law was passed in 1993.

The attorney for the plaintifs, Michael Verhaeghe, tried to convince the court a previous The Hague ruling regarding diplomatic immunity did not apply. However, he added that if the appeals court is not persuaded, his clients could take their case to the International Criminal Court which is due to start operating soon after being ratified by more than 60 countries.

Not to sound biased, but it sounds like they will keep inventing courts until they find one willing to convict Israel.

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Israel Wants Iran Nukes on Agenda of Bush-Putin Summit

Bush and Putin are slated to hold a three-day summit beginning May 23. One diplomatic official said it is both presumptuous and unrealistic for Israel to ask the US to hold up an agreement with the Russians to cut nuclear stockpiles by two-thirds, or not to form a new Russian-NATO committee to coordinate policy on a number of issues unless they put an end to nuclear and missile leakage to Iran.

The US has been involved in the efforts to curb the transfer of nuclear technology and materials to Iran as well as transfer of missile technology and some missile parts, often by disgruntled individuals and non-governmental bodies, such as academic institutions.

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Latest News From Iraq

*Saddam Hussein will hold a new referendum to test the people's confidence in him. Last time, in 1995, he got 99.96% of the vote ... so he must be really, really popular.

*Baghdad Forbids Kurds, Turkemans, and Assyrians from Using Their Languages. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 11, 2002

*People's Democracy Party (HADEP) Leader Murat Bozlak: The U.S. Should Enter Iraq

HADEP [the People's Democracy Party which claims to represent the Kurdish population in Turkey] Leader Murat Bozlak was interviewed by the Turkish weekly Aydinlik. Bazlack said: 'From the beginning we say that Saddam's regime is harmful to the Iraqi people. Whether we want it or not, the U.S. says there will be an operation in Iraq.'

*Saddam Hussein Demands the Return of the Iraqi Planes Held in Iran

"Iraq's President demanded the return of the Iraqi planes that were sent to Iran for safekeeping during the Gulf War in 1991 as a proof of Iran's goodwill towards the Arabs and the Palestinian problem..."Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 18, 2002.

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Pakistan Supports Kashmir

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Friday his country will continue to support the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination and will raise the issue internationally. "We have a principled stand on Kashmir and the moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue regardless of any pressure," Musharraf said.

Referring to threats from neighboring India, Musharraf said Pakistan knows how to defend its frontiers and would respond to any aggression.

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Someone Says Mulla Omar Says Bin Laden Alive

If the daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat is to be believed, Badi Qarhani recently interviewed Omar in the mountains of Afghanistan, with Omar's press adviser giving written replies to Qarhani's questions. Omar vowed the wrath generated by the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan would reach the White House.

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Arafat: No elections until Israel pulls out Or Palestinians Being Pressured To Elect Someone Who Will Negotiate Peace?

Depends on who you read ... CNN below ...

Palestinians called on Arafat to sign the 'basic law', legislation guaranteeing basic rights to all Palestinian citizens, and to have his cabinet resign and be replaced by a smaller government. Arafat says elections will be held once Israel withdraws from the regions designated as under Palestinian control by the Oslo accord.

"You hear how they are preparing to send their reserves into other areas. I want to ask the whole world, 'Are you going to stand by holding your hands in the face of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and our holy places?'" he said.

CNN Article Here

And then UPI, covering basically the same story ...

The U.S. government is pressing the Palestinian Authority to use an expected Cabinet reshuffle to bring in a slate of moderate officials they believe are more inclined to negotiate peace with Israel, U.S. officials and diplomatic sources said Thursday.

UPI Article Here

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Popular Discontent In Iran

Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, deputy head of the influential and conservative Assembly of Experts - the body that has the authority to appoint or dismiss the country's supreme leader, said the Iranian people are on the verge of social chaos. "If popular discontent increases, as is the case, society and the regime will be threatened," the ayatollah warned.

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Palestinian Deputies Call For Elections

Municipal elections this year, Presidential and general elections next year. A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hanan Ashrawi, said a legislative committee had recommended that the current Palestinian cabinet remain in office for another 45 days and then yield to a new 19-member cabinet, reduced from the current 34 ministers appointed by Mr Arafat.

The resolution also called for a four-year term limit for the heads of the various security services, to prevent them from "interfering in politics and from having contacts with the Israeli side without the consent of the Palestinian political leadership".

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Pro-Israel Demonstrators at San Francisco State Need Police Protection

Berkeley and San Francisco keep trying to convince us they're all about free speech, protesting for the good of society and balancing out the establishment. I'm hard pressed to find any area of America more run by the Thought Police than this. Disagree and you are shouted off the stage, support a cause they do not, and get bottles and garbage and angry slurs.

Where else can you find posters like "Canned Palestinian Children Meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites under American license?" Well, Arabia perhaps.

The enduring legacies of SFSU and Berkeley are gradually becoming hatred for America and hatred of Israel.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Arafat Calls For Reform Of The Palestinian Authority, New Elections

Palestinian General Yassir Arafat said the Palestinians rejected "all kinds of operations that target Israeli civilians -- as well as what our Palestinian civilians are subjected to, like what happened in Jenin."

Besides international pressure, he was reacting to the mixed reception he has received since his release from Ramallah last week. Crowds at the Jenin gathered ahead of a proposed visit by Arafat to jeer the Palestinian leader rather than cheer him -- a new experience for Arafat.

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Arabian Under-18 youths banned from coffeehouses

Authorities have banned males under 18 years old from coffeehouses in a bid to preserve their morals and stop them from smoking.

The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, some 3500 strong, will patrol the streets to enforce moral values. The officials can order the arrest and detention of violators or those who resist their instructions.

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'Greedy monsters' held Church of the Nativity

Yeah, this will make you crazy ... these 'Muslims' guzzled beer, wine and Johnnie Walker scotch ... so much for the Islamic ban on alcohol.

"It's a shame, the mess they made and the way they kept the food. I'm not proud of what they did, even though as a Palestinian I sympathize with their cause of a liberated homeland," said Milad, 15.
The gunmen belong to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, part of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization.
Before Mr. Arafat visited the church yesterday, Palestinian security officials ordered a thorough removal of all debris and a total cleanup.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Mid-East Peace Documents

Some people have asked to find a way through the hyperbole and get to the facts. Well, no peace agreement was ever formalized because they could not agree on some terms regarding repatriation of displaced palestinian refugees and specifics of what land palestine would get, but here are some of the documents related to the issue at hand ...

Israeli Camp David II Proposals
Palestinian Negotiating Team FAQ of Why They Turned Down Camp David II
The 1948 UN Resolution They Cite As Legal Right to Repatriation Into Israel
The Recent Saudi Peace Proposal
The Jordan-Egypt Proposal
The Misunderstood Oslo agreement

The Saudi Gazette: "You [the U.S.] Will Vanish, But We Will Remain"

Dr. Mohammad T. Al Rasheed, a columnist for the Saudi government English daily The Saudi Gazette. "In case you do not have the time or stamina, let me tell you this: we are as old as the stone that Jesus walked on, pure as the water Muhammad was given to wash for prayer from, and severe as the laws Moses brought down from the Mount. You will vanish, but we will remain? the world will advance to oblivion, but our date palms and our olive trees will survive your nuclear bombs. And, somehow, something of us will remain. You have it written, not in Holy Scripture, but on the green back you so adore, especially on Christmas Eve: In God We Trust."

We 'adore' green backs? This is coming from Arabia, right? Saudi Arabia, the only country named after its ruling family? The same Saudi Arabia that spends billions on its elite ruling family while the people live in uneducated squalor?

Thanks for your insights, Arabia ...

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UN relaxes Iraq sanctions

The United Nations Security Council has approved an overhaul of sanctions against Iraq to release more humanitarian aid. The council's 15 members voted unanimously in favour of the changes after a delay of Monday's vote, when Syria tried unsuccessfully to make last-minute amendments.

No word on how much of his billions Saddam Hussein would be contributing to the welfare of the Iraqi people.

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Monday, May 13, 2002

Six European countries agree to take Palestinian Exiles

The EU kept insisting they weren't terrorists ...note the the British "Independent" referenced below calling them 'militants' ... but strangely no one wanted to accept them as a group, and even now will only accept them singly or in pairs, and will consider their legal status undecided ... temporary protection rather than full asylum.

Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian President, told the EU countries that he had instructed the men "to fully respect and abide [by] the laws and procedures of the host countries".

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If Austria Says You're Okay, You Must Be Really, Really Bad

Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider gave his endorsement to Saddam Hussein and the nation of Iraq. "I am a friend of the Iraqi people, and I see it as a duty to back Iraq's efforts to obtain the lifting of economic sanctions" imposed since its August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he told the Iraqi weekly Al-Zaman.

The good news in all of this ... if we take over Austria after Iraq we'll have easy access to some really great skiing.

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Chirac Says Israel Leads The Anti-French Campaign

He provided no statistics to show how many Frenchmen were attacked in France by Jews, nor how many French buildings, churches or people were assaulted in Israel.

Perhaps the almost 400 attacks against Jews in France during April were retaliation for the anti-France campaign spearheaded by Israelis, who clearly have nothing else to do with their time.

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What This Second Intifada Gained

Abu Ahmad Mustafa, from the Saudi-owned London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. "What would happen if every Arab country had, since 1948, turned its attention to building itself from within, without making Palestine its main issue? Wouldn't this be better than wasting money on armies and equipping them so that we can listen to their military marches every so often? What would happen if every Arab country focused on educating its citizens, and on improving their physical and emotional health and cultural level?! Wouldn't this have made the battle with Israel into a cultural battle instead of us sinking into religious or military battles?!"

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Islamic scholar rejects terror tag for Palestinian Suicide Bombers

"Those who sacrificed their souls to defend their brothers, their right, homeland and religion are definitely martyrs. Those who describe them as suicide bombers are hypocrites who attempt to please those who export terrorism to us," said Dr Mohammed Saeed Ramadan Al Bouti, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Damascus, in a lecture at Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up.

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UAE ratifies pact on Arab Women's Organization

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Sauds Deny Funding Terrorism But Agree To Paying Families of Suicide Bombers

With linguistic backflips that would make a Wallensa proud, the Saud's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal condemned suicide attacks against civilians but acknowledged that the families of the bombers have benefited from millions in Saudi aid given to the relatives of Palestinians killed since the beginning of the intifadeh.

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Arafat says foreign powers support suicide bombers

He was probably trying to infer this was a western ally ... instead he has only added fuel to the Iran/Iraq speculation.
He then went on to specifically to deny it was Iran and that the munitions for the PA that came from Iran couldn't have gone through the Suez ...

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Wednesday, May 08, 2002

UN Assembly Chastises Israel 74-4

With 54 nations abstaining as a protest over what they called an imbalanced resolution, the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday condemned by 74-4 vote Israel's West Bank offensive.

The resolution also criticized Israel's failure to cooperate with Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Jenin refugee camp fact-finding team and calls for his own report on Jenin.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 16, Wounds Dozens More

Ariel Sharon cut his visit to the US short following the bombing. Hamas has claimed responsibility.

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Italians Don't Want Palestinian Militants

Is the EU cracking or was it only a few countries that insist Palestinian militants are okay, as long as it is at the expense of Israel? USA Today reports that a deal to end the Palestinian siege of the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity has fallen through because Italy has refused to take the Palestinians who would be exiled.

Monday, May 06, 2002

Israeli Arab Thoughts On The Palestinian-Israeli Land Swap

Most Arabs living in Israel have become more and more sympathetic to the Palestinian side ... until it was suggested that both sides swap settlements of Israelis on the west bank for Arab settlements in Israel. Then it turns out these Arabs, sympathetic as an intellectual exercise, have no desire at all to live in the Palestine they endorse.

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Egyptian Columnist To Hitler: "If Only You Had Done It, Brother"

"Finally, they are accursed, fundamentally, because they are the plague of the generation and the bacterium of all time. Their history always was and always will be stained with treachery, falseness, and lying. Historical documents prove it."

"Thus, the Jews are accursed ? the Jews of our time, those who preceded them and those who will come after them, if any Jews come after them."

"With regard to the fraud of the Holocaust... Many French studies have proven that this is no more than a fabrication, a lie, and a fraud!! That is, it is a 'scenario' the plot of which was carefully tailored, using several faked photos completely unconnected to the truth. Yes, it is a film, no more and no less. Hitler himself, whom they accuse of Nazism, is in my eyes no more than a modest 'pupil' in the world of murder and bloodshed. He is completely innocent of the charge of frying them in the hell of his false Holocaust!!"

It gets better. Read for yourself ...

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EU Denies Funds Used For Suicide Bombers

Since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, the EU has poured some $3.12 billion into Palestinian projects and infrastructure. EU spokesman Gunnar Wiegand insists all of that money has only gone to civilian purposes.

"The European Commission has imposed very stringent conditionalities throughout its programs and assistance it provides," Wiegand said. "The money essentially serves to support education ... and other essential services."

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Sunday, May 05, 2002

Fake Palestinian Funeral Video

For all to enjoy ... thanks to the BBC for making it available on the WWW ...

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Saturday, May 04, 2002

Iranian Journalist Gets 8 Year Prison Term

Siyamak Pourzand, 70, was also found guilty of threatening "state security and collaborating with the Savak (the security and information organization of the deposed monarchy)," the government daily Iran reported.

Peace loving Muslim mullahs in Qom also called for the "judgment of God" to be applied to the managing editor of the paper -- that's the death penalty to you and me.

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UN Abandons Jenin Probe

The stigma of anti-Israel bias seems to have some merit. The UN had no interest in sending a fact-finding committee to Netanya to investigate the suicide-bombing of Israelis on Passover Eve in which 28 Israelis were killed.

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Arafat Faces Calls For PA Reform

The calls for reform come amid accusations of corruption among the Palestinian leadership and a need to rebuild government institutions destroyed by months of conflict.

Nabil Amr, Palestinian minister for parliamentary affairs, said: "I suggested appointing a cabinet to deal with pending affairs before choosing a cabinet which includes the best qualified Palestinians across the world and not only members of the Legislative Council.

"When Arafat refused to take my suggestion into account, I handed in my resignation and left the meeting," he said.

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UN, Human Rights Groups Say No Massacre In Jenin

Human Rights Watch, and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which has cared for Palestinian refugees for 54 years, said their research does not point to a massacre of civilians in the West Bank refugee camp.

Add this to the Arafat collection, including radioactive bullets fired by Israelis and drugged chewing gum.

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Friday, May 03, 2002

US Joins Peace Effort

It's true that the US and the EU share a vision of a peaceful mid-east with Palestine and Israel side-by-side. What is not clear is how that will be implemented. The EU and the UN are fond of 'splitting the difference' solutions which led to much of the problem and of course EU countries have a history of problems with Jews.

The President also laid out his expectations for Palestinian statehood:
"A Palestinian state must be achieved by negotiation of an end to occupation," he said. "And such a state cannot be based on a foundation of terror or corruption.
"A Palestinian state must be based on the principles that are critical to freedom and prosperity: democracy and open markets, the rule of law, transparent and accountable administration and respect for individual liberties and civil society."
Mr. Powell said it was not clear who would attend the conference or where it would be held, which sounds like it will be held in Europe and that neither Israel or the PA will be invited.

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Thursday, May 02, 2002

Palestinian Lieutenant Gives Up Arafat?

Captured Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has told Israeli interrogators that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat personally approved weapons funding for attacks against Israelis, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said Thursday.

Palestinian officials contacted by The Associated Press refused to comment on the report. In the past, they have consistently denied that Arafat approved attacks against Israelis, citing his denunciations of attacks against civilians on both sides.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Palestinians Reduce Jenin Death Toll Estimate To 56

So says Kadoura Mousa Kadoura, the director of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement for the northern West Bank, which means it's still high ... but it is well below the exaggerated original figures Arafat used to gain even more UN support.

Not that the UN or Amnesty International is going to retract anything they said.

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Arafat Tentative Deal With UK-US

Or so we all thought. Yet, being Arafat, he now insists that there is no deal until Israel carries out a full withdrawal of its forces from around Arafat's compound and pulled out of Palestinian-ruled Ramallah in the West Bank. Leave it to Arafat to change the conditions of the deal after an agreement is made.

Does he not realize few other countries in the world would even have him alive right now? He would have disappeared from many a mid-east country long ago doing what he's doing. He consistently tries to tweak the Israelis and show the Palestinians he is still The Man, even though he brought death and destruction down on all of them with his Infinitada ... and that ain't easy.

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US-Arabian Joint Mideast Peace Efforts

It's great that we can talk with each other about it. Heck, an Egyptian national acquaintance of mine and I solved the mid-east problem over lunch a month or two ago ... but an American and an Arabian aren't going to solve the problem any easier than an American and an Egyptian did. It pretty much requires the willing participation of Israelis and Palestinians.

However, the Saud family can stop running government campaigns of hate against Israel and they can stop their increasingly radical rhetoric against the US. The Israelis have proved their point by agreeing to let Arafat go only because of the insistence of the UK and the US so peace talks can begin again. The Palestinians can stop insisting they get their own nation AND get to be the majority in Israel, thus eliminating that country as well. The US can exert its influence to make sure Sharon is just perceived as being a hard-liner while willing to talk about reasonable peace.

There. Problem solved.

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Pakistan's Musharraf Wins Landslide

Allegations of voter fraud. No kidding. We have allegations of that here too. Musharraf is doing a terrific, and personally dangerous, balancing act and he is to be commended for doing something few world leaders can do. Being balanced means he may not always side with the US but he's a lot better than the fanatical alternatives a country like Pakistan can produce.

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Ayatollah Blasts US, Praises Bombers

Don't think the tyranny of the minority can happen in America? Look at Iran ... the vast majority of the people would like to get rid of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and voted for the moderate President Mohammad Khatami but theocracy still rules and they all have to walk a fine line.

Khatami would like to have a dialogue, so would the US, but as long as the fanatic Ayatollah holds all of the real power in Iran, and his zealotry includes the destruction of Israel and endorsement of terrorism, Iran will remain part of the 'axis of evil.'

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Rabbi Wants Jews To Boycott The NY Times

He says the coverage is unfair toward Israelis and cites their lack of coverage on the pro-Israeli march April 21. They ran a page 4 story April 22.

Rabbi, this is America. First, I support your right to vote against a business with your wallet. Second,I also support their right to print whatever they please even if it's not always factual, or journalism, in the case of the NY Times.

Lastly, you're doing more harm than good by trying to intimidate people into a position you want. It smacks of the hysterical and likely will have pushback against Jews. That stuff may work for Jesse Jackson but at least he had history on his side. The Jews don't have any negative history in America that individuals didn't bring on themselves.

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Sauds Hire More PR Firms

There's no question the media works in changing perceptions ( unless you're making a Hollywood movie, in which case movie violence could never cause real violence ) and the Saud family must have some reason for wanting to change perceptions. The optimist in me says they feel like they have been wronged in the media because of their overwhelming connection to the 9/11 hijackers. The cynic in me says they are trying to weaken American support for Israel by lending some positive spin of their own toward Arabia.

Some of these businesses are going to say 'hey, it's only business' and talk about 'rights' the Sauds have to PR ... it will be interesting to see how that fares once their competitors ( spin experts themselves ) start talking about how they are helping terrorists.

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