Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 1, July 3

Affairs of State: A Tale of Two Diplomats; Ambassador to Israel Is Reassigned
Affairs of State: A Tale of Two Diplomats; Ambassador to Israel is ReassignedU.S. Ambassador to Israel William Harrop is being reassigned because the Israeli government didn't like his warnings to Israeli audiences to prepare for inevitable reductions...
Arab-American Activism
ARAB-AMERICAN ACTIVISM10th Annual ADC Convention:* Christopher Promises to "Actually Be Evenhanded" in Middle East Peace TalksSecretary of state Warren Christopher became the first secretary of state ever to address the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination...
Beirut Bulletin: Reconstructing Lebanon; the Role of President Elias Hrawi
Beirut Bulletin: Reconstructing Lebanon; The Role of President Elias Hrawi"The Lebanese will enjoy free gasoline this spring as a result of President Elias Hrawi's recent visit to the Gulf," announced the news broadcaster with such credibility that he...
California Chronicle: NAAA Chapter Honors Saudi Consul General
California Chronicle: NAAA Chapter Honors Saudi Consul GeneralGuests in the Grand Salon of the Century City J.W. Marriott Hotel on April 20 were a veritable who's who of California corporations and the Arab-American community as they gathered to honor...
Canada Calling: Politicians Praise Israel at Canada-Israel Meeting
Canada Calling: Politicians Praise Israel at Canada-Israel MeetingWith elections on the horizon, federal politicians worked hard to outdo each other in their praise for the Jewish state at the biennial policy conference of Canada's principal lobby group,...
Christianity and the Middle East: Israeli-Barred Palestinian-American Minister Now Speaking out in U.S
Christianity and the Middle East: Israeli-Barred Palestinian-American Minister Now Speaking Out in U.S.A few blocks north of the medieval city walls and a comfortable stroll beyond the U.S. Consulate on Nablus Road, the East Jerusalem Baptist Church...
Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts about the U.S.-Israeli Relationship
Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About The U.S.-Israeli RelationshipThis is the second exposeé of U.S.--Middle East policies by former Congressman Paul Findley, author of They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby....
Education: American Library Association to Debate Israeli Censorship
Education: American Library Association To Debate Israeli CensorshipA storm is brewing at the American Library Association over a resolution passed at the organization's 1992 annual convention in San Francisco condemning Israeli censorship and human...
Human Rights
HUMAN RIGHTSEgyptian Human Rights Organization Documents AbusesOn March 20, 1993, the non-governmental Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) released a 15-page report on violations of human rights by both Islamic fundamentalist groups and government...
In Memorium: Lutfi Abdul Rahman Al-Abed
In Memorium: Lutfi Abdul Rahman Al-AbedHe was a child of barely eight when he last saw his Palestinian homeland. He remembered sleeping on the ground, cold and hungry, as he fled northward with his family toward refuge in Lebanon.The April 9, 1948 massacre...
Jews and Israel
JEWS AND ISRAELPro-Israel Leaders Back PackwoodRepublican Sen. Bob Packwood, under fire for allegations that he sexually harassed several women, is finding support among Jewish leaders because of his long record of support for aid to Israel. The New...
Maghreb Mirror: Morocco Declares "War on Drugs"
Maghreb Mirror: Morocco Declares "War on Drugs"Eight months into their new "war on drugs," Moroccan authorities are pleased with the results. The flood of cannabis and other narcotics from Morocco to Western Europe has been checked and the kingdom's...
People Watch: Old Familiar Names
People Watch: Old Familiar Names(Familiar names, like familiar songs, spin in and out of the media dialogue almost too rapidly for recognition. You've heard the name before, but you can't remember why. Below are some things the mainstream media may neglect...
Public Opinion: More Americans Back Intervention
Public Opinion: More Americans Back InterventionAn April 28 poll by the Gallup organization conducted for Cable News Network and USA Today found 62 percent of respondents opposed to U.S. air strikes against Serbian targets and 30 percent in favor.A poll...
Security and Intelligence: Iran Continues to Test Gulf Waters
Security and Intelligence: Iran Continues to Test Gulf WatersIran's Majlis (Parliament) recently roiled Gulf waters by formally defining Iran's territorial waters at 12 nautical miles from its coasts. Although a 12-mile limit is common internationally,...
Seeing the Light: Protesting the Injustices I Preferred Not to See
Seeing the Light: Protesting the Injustices I Preferred Not to SeeBorn less than eight months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and only four years old when World War II ended, I have few firsthand memories of that war, and none of the horrors of the...
Speaking Out: Clinton under Pressure to Grant Clemency to Pollard
Speaking Out: Clinton Under Pressure to Grant Clemency to PollardThe fate of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the paid spy for Israel now serving a life sentence in prison for stealing thousands of top-secret documents while an employee of the U.S. Navy, is high...
Special Report: AIPAC's 1993 Convention; Scuffling on the Bridge
Special Report: AIPAC's 1993 Convention; Scuffling on the BridgeImagine an ocean liner steaming due north. There is a scuffle on the bridge and, with no announcement to the passengers, the ship makes a 180-degree turn and starts sailing south. Most of...
Special Report: An Autopsy Report on the Death of the Middle East Peace Process
Special Report: An Autopsy Report on the Death of The Middle East Peace Process"Nineteen months after they began so promisingly in Madrid, the Mideast peace talks risk turning into an empty ritual. . . Before the more pragmatic forces on both sides of...
Special Report: Bir Zeit's Hanna Nasir; Going Home to Palestine
Special Report: Bir Zeit's Hanna Nasir; Going Home to PalestineHanna Nasir's eyes were misty as he told me on April 28, "I don't cry easily." As we talked, the Bir Zeit University president was interrupted constantly by congratulatory telephone calls...
Special Report: Bosnia; Why the Yanks, at Their Own Pace, Probably Are Coming
Special Report: Bosnia; Why the Yanks, at Their Own Pace, Probably Are Coming"President Clinton is entitled to sympathy in the Bosnian problem. He inherited it from others who could have solved it so much more easily by acting promptly. But sympathy...
Special Report: Israelis Stunned When Death Squad Mistakenly Executes Israeli Soldier
Special Report: Israelis Stunned When Death Squad Mistakenly Executes Israeli SoldierWritten Israeli army rules for crowd control or riot situations permit opening fire only in life-threatening situations. An Israeli soldier must shout a warning, and...
Special Report: Turkey Loses Ozal at A Crucial Moment
Special Report: Turkey Loses Ozal at A Crucial MomentThe sudden death of Turkish President Turgut Ozal in April at the age of 66 created a political vacuum in a major country whose stability the world has taken for granted for too long. Just a few years...
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: Clinton's Ambassadorial Shift Signals No Cuts in Present U.S. Aid
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: Clinton's Ambassadorial Shift Signals No Cuts in Present U.S. Aid"U.S. Ambassador William Harrop has been recalled because he wasn't getting along well with either the Israelis or the Clinton administration. Most...
The Cost of U.S. Loan Guarantees to Israel: First Consequences of U.S. Loan Guarantees Hurt U.S. Borrowers
The Cost of U.S. Loan Guarantees to Israel: First Consequences of U.S. Loan Guarantees Hurt U.S. BorrowersJust before this year's April 15 tax deadline, one of the first financial shock waves resulting from the planned American guarantees of $10 billion...
The Other Side of the Coin: The Changing Role of B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League
The Other Side of the Coin: The Changing Role of B'nai B'rith's Anti- Defamation LeagueFollowing an April raid on the offices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) by the San Francisco police, the San Francisco Chronicle broke the story of a nationwide...
The Subcontinent: About-Turn in Pakistan Again
The Subcontinent: About-Turn in Pakistan AgainInstability is what is constant in Pakistan. Once again the political clock has been turned back. The germ that afflicted the military brass has also infected the bureaucrat. Following in the footsteps of...
This Month in History: The Assault on the USS Liberty Still Covered Up after 26 Years
This Month in History: The Assault on the USS Liberty Still Covered Up After 26 YearsTwenty-six years have passed since that clear day on June 8, 1967 when Israel attacked the USS Liberty with aircraft and torpedo boats, killing 34 young men and wounding...
Twenty-Six Years Ago This Month: How LBJ's Vietnam War Paralyzed His Mideast Policymakers
Twenty-Six Years Ago This Month: How LBJ's Vietnam War Paralyzed His Mideast PolicymakersIn the summer of 1967, I was a staff writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. I was aware of that year's Middle East crisis but, like most Americans,...
U.N. Report: As Europeans Stall Bosnia Action, U.N. Mission Harassed by Serbs
U.N. Report: As Europeans Stall Bosnia Action, U.N. Mission Harassed by SerbsSanctions, it seems, are now-and-then things at the United Nations. Recently the U.N. has renewed sanctions against Iraq for breaking U.N. resolutions, refused to introduce...
Update: It's Now the ADL Spy Case
Update: It's Now the ADL Spy CaseThe investigation of a former San Francisco policeman suspected of keeping illegal files on members of Arab-American, anti-apartheid and other political groups turned into the "ADL Spy Case" in early April, when revelations...
What Should the U.S. Be Doing about Bosnia? Three Congressional Views
What Should the U.S. Be Doing About Bosnia? Three Congressional ViewsEnd the Paralysis and Provide Firm U.S. LeadershipIn decades ahead, historians will speculate about the sequence of events in Yugoslavia that produced declarations of independence by...