By Adas, Jane
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs , Vol. XII, No. 8
NEWS FROM NEW YORK: TRI-STATE ACTIVISM; Activists Protest Deteriorating Palestinian Conditions on Fifth Anniversary of Oslo Accord
On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Oslo peace accord, a coalition of groups including the Palestine Aid Society, The Committee for Democratic Palestine, and New Yorkers for a Just Middle East Peace sponsored a demonstration outside the Israeli mission to the United Nations. The purpose of the protest was to call attention to the fact that economic conditions and human rights have deteriorated for the Palestinians following the famous handshake.
Thousands of new Israeli settlements have been built in the 73 percent of the West Bank that is still under occupation while the Israeli army has demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes. Israel continues to confiscate Palestinian land for settlement expansion and for settler bypass roads. While Netanyahu holds Yasser Arafat personally responsible for every Palestinian act of violence, settler harassment continues unchecked. Frequent closures and Israel's control of all movement of people and goods via its extensive system of checkpoints has nearly tripled the level of unemployment and greatly reduced the standard of living among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. …