Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XII, No. 8, December

After the Wye Memorandum, Whither Land-for-Peace? Five Views
AFTER THE WYE MEMORANDUM, WHITHER LAND-FOR-PEACE? Five ViewsWhat's Important Is Concessions Not Made at Wye"If May 4 isn't on the agenda at this week's meeting -- and I have no indication it is -- then the meetings will be a joke." -- Israeli Labor Party...
Alfred M. Lilienthal Establishes Fund for Palestinian Children
ALFRED M. LILIENTHAL ESTABLISHES FUND FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDRENPioneer anti-Zionist writer and Middle East pease activist Alfred M. Lilienthal, who will observe his 85th birthday in December, has set up a foundation, in conjunction with American Near...
AMIDEAST Releases New Video for K-12 Classes
AMIDEAST Releases New Video for K-12 ClassesAMIDEAST has produced a truly excellent video about young people in the Arab world. In just 30 minutes we meet five teenagers, Muhammed from Jordan, Tamara from Lebanon, Hazem from Egypt, Sa'ud from Kuwait,...
Amnesty Focuses on Palestinian Refugees
AMNESTY FOCUSES ON PALESTINIAN REFUGEESIf Mohja Kahf is likely to become the poet for a generation of Muslim women, then Elham Bayour is a potential political voice for Palestinian women under 30. Bayour discussed Palestinian women who have been released...
As Prospects for Regional Political Settlements Fade, Israel Still Party to Valuable Water-Sharing Pact
As Prospects for Regional Political Settlements Fade, Israel Still party to valuable Water-Sharing PactsAs the period of hopeful negotiations between Israel on the one hand and the Palestinians and other Arabs on the other draws to an end, seemingly...
Bosnian Elections Did Nothing to Repatriate Refugees Displaced by "Ethnic Cleansing"
Bosnian Elections Did Nothing to Repatriate Refugees Displaced by "Ethnic Cleansing"September's general elections in Bosnia to choose the parliaments of the two Bosnian "entities," the Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation, took place in an...
Christianity and the Middle East: Bethlehem University Celebrates Silver Jubilee
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Bethlehem University Celebrates Silver JubileeBethlehem University celebrated its 25th anniversary during the week of Oct. 4 to 10 with an international gathering that included many of its founders and former faculty...
Cluttered Omnibus Appropriations Bill Finally Passes
Cluttered Omnibus Appropriations Bill Finally PassesFinally, on Oct. 21, 12 days after it was scheduled to adjourn, the 105th Congress closed up shop and headed home to the important business of campaigning for reelection. The final agenda item was to...
Congressional Concerns Conflict over Events in Iraq
Congressional Concerns Conflict Over Events in IraqAs the 105th Congress wrapped up its final session amid the distractions of a possible presidential impeachment and the haggling over about half of the FY-99 spending bills, several senators and representatives...
Congressmembers Criticize Khatami Administration in Tehran
CONGRESSMEMBERS CRITICIZE KHATAMI ADMINISTRATION IN TEHRANSome 220 members of Congress, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, signed a statement criticizing the government of Mohammad Khatami in Iran and presented to the press Sept. 16 by...
Congress Passed Modified Religious Freedom Bill
Congress Passed Modified Religious Freedom BillSometimes the legislative process works the way it is supposed to. For nearly a year and a half, beginning with the first, draconian "religious persecution" bill introduced in the House by Rep. Frank Wolf...
Dan Connell Discusses Eritrea-Ethiopia Conflict
DAN CONNELL DISCUSSES ERITREA-ETHIOPIA CONFLICTDan Connell, founder of the Boston-based humanitarian organization Grassroots International and author of Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution, discussed the recent tensions between Eritrea...
Elections 2000: A U.S. Election Strategy for Muslim Americans and Christian Arab Americans for the Year 2000
ELECTIONS 2000: A U.S. Election Strategy for Muslim Americans and Christian Arab Americans for the Year 2000Forty-seven years ago when I was taking my first courses at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, one of the speakers warned...
Elections 2000: Israel Seeking to Cultivate George W. Bush and Other Republican Presidential Hopefuls
ELECTIONS 2000: Israel Seeking to Cultivate George W. Bush and Other Republican Presidential HopefulsHoping to avert a troubled relationship with yet another Bush in the White House, Israeli government officials are seeking to cultivate closer ties with...
Finally - Israelis Are Confronting the Myths of the Country's Founders
Finally -- Israelis Are Confronting the Myths of the Country's FoundersA 22-part television series entitled "Tkuma" (Rebirth) has stirred widespread controversy in Israel.This series, writes Joel Greenberg in The New York Times, challenges "the traditional...
Gen. Emile Lahoud, Who Reunited Shattered Lebanese Armed Forces, Elected Lebanon's 11th President
Gen. Emile Lahoud, Who Reunited Shattered Lebanese Armed Forces, Elected Lebanons's 11th PresidentGen. Emile Lahoud was unanimously elected on Oct. 15 by Lebanon's parliament as the 11th post-independence president of Lebanon. Of 128 members of parliament,...
Hanan Ashrawi Discusses May 4 Scenarios for Independent Palestine
HANAN ASHRAWI DISCUSSES MAY 4 SCENARIOS FOR INDEPENDENT PALESTINEIn discussions at the Center for Policy on Palestine and the National Association of Arab Americans Forum in Washington, DC in late September, prior to the Middle East peace negotiations...
Hunger Striking Muslim Activist Honored by His Community
HUNGER STRIKING MUSLIM ACTIVIST HONORED BY HIS COMMUNITYThe Dar Al Hijrah Islamic community of Northern Virginia celebrated the long-awaited homecoming of one of its members, Dr. Abdelhaleem Ashqar, on Oct. 2, 1998. Dr. Ashqar is the Muslim-Palestinian...
In Addition to $3 Billion in Foreign Aid, Israel Receiving $104 Million from Pentagon for Arrow Missile
In Addition to $3 Billion in Foreign Aid, Israel Receiving $104 Million From Pentagon for Arrow MissileU.S. legislators have added more than $104 million for U.S.-Israeli defense programs to the Pentagon's 1999 budget, continuing an annual clandestine...
Insider Clark Clifford's Death Recalls Two Mideast Scandals: Premature Recognition of Israel and BCCI
Insider Clark Clifford's Death Recalls Two Mideast Scandals: Premature Recognition of Israel and BCCICorporate attorney Clark M. Clifford, who died Oct. 10 at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of the U.S. national capital, at age 91, was the Washington,...
Islamic Media Foundation Prepares TV and Radio Announcements
ISLAMIC MEDIA FOUNDATION PREPARES TV AND RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTSThe Islamic Media Foundation, a national not-for-profit broadcast media organization, is gearing up for its annual Ramadan media campaign. "Work has begun on new public service announcements...
Islam in America: Clinton Invitations to White House Interfaith Prayer Breakfast a Dilemma for U.S. Muslim Leaders
ISLAM IN AMERICA: Clinton Invitations to White House Interfaith Prayer Breakfast a Dilemma for U.S. Muslim LeadersWhat used to be a routine annual interfaith breakfast hosted by the president of the United States during the Labor Day weekend gained added...
Islam in America: Praying or Preying? What Happens When Islam Becomes Ritual Divorced from Conduct
ISLAM IN AMERICA: Praying or Preying? What Happens When Islam Becomes Ritual Divorced From ConductThe following conversation took place between a former student (FS) and me (SA) during my visit to Pakistan some years back:FS: Assalamo alaikum, doctor...
Israeli and Palestinian Young People Share "The Positive and the Negative" in Photography Exhibit
Israeli and Palestinian Young People Share "The Positive and the Negative" in Photography ExhibitThe Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery of the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center opened a special kind of photography exhibit on Oct. 7, the same evening...
Israeli Finger on the Nuclear Trigger Could Turn the Next Israeli-Arab War into a Conflagration
Israeli Finger on the Nuclear Trigger Could Turn the Next Israeli-Arab War Into a ConflagrationIt is the finger of a Libyan colonel or an Iranian ayatollah, on the nuclear trigger, that causes western leaders their worst nightmares. At the same time...
Israeli Forces Open Fire on Arab Citizens of Israel Protesting Land Confiscations Inside Israeli Borders
Israeli Forces Open Fire on Arab Citizens of Israel Protesting Land Confiscations Inside Israeli BordersA powerful event took place in late September in Umm al-Fahm, a Palestinian town inside Israel's borders, that has many here wondering if a sleeping...
Israeli Make-Believe: A Clear-Eyed Look at the Claims That Israel Is America's Strategic Ally
ISRAELI MAKE-BELIEVE: A Clear-Eyed Look at the Claims That Israel Is America's Strategic AllyThe "opposite test" developed at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in the 1960s. That concept helps describe the near total protection afforded Israel in the U.S....
Jewish Congress Says World Jewish Population Shrinking
Jewish Congress Says World Jewish Population ShrinkingThe story goes that the wife of a circus owner asked her husband to provide work for her two twin brothers, who aside from their inability to find and hold jobs were unremarkable in every way. In...
Kate Head Discusses Palestinian Advocacy at NDI
KATE HEAD DISCUSSES PALESTINIAN ADVOCACY AT NDIPolitical organizer and activist Kate Head discussed advocacy and lobbying in Palestinian society Oct. 8 at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, DC. As the NDI West Bank/Gaza Field Representative,...
Mahjabeen's Musings: A Muslim-American Traveler along the American Way; Clowning with the Constitution in Pakistan
MAHJABEEN'S MUSINGS: A MUSLIM-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY; Clowning With the Constitution in PakistanPakistan was created in the name of Islam with a constitution based on the Qur'an and Sunnah (the life of Prophet Muhammad). Its creation...
"Meet Your Brother with a Welcoming Smile" - Refugees in America
"Meet Your Brother With a Welcoming Smile" -- Refugees in AmericaSix years ago, I found Rukeiya and her six small children huddled in the corner of a dark, dank apartment not far from my well-manicured neighborhood in North Dallas. Other than the bundles...
MEI Conference Tackles Problems and Opportunities
MEI CONFERENCE TACKLES PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIESThe Middle East Institute hosted its 52nd annual conference Oct. 16 and 17, in the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This year's topic of discussion was "The Middle East: Problems and Opportunities."...
Menacing Nuclear Presence in Subcontinent Forces Kashmir Issue to Top of Global Political Agenda
Menacing Nuclear Presence in Subcontinent Forces Kashmir Issue to Top of Global Political AgendaIt was an unusual sight to see Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Kashmiri leader Mir Waiz Omar Farooq, from Srinagar, on the Indian side of the...
MEPC Hosts Panel Discussion on Capitol Hill
MEPC HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAPITOL HILL"If the Peace Process Has Run Its Course, What Are the Costs for the Region and the United States?", was the title of a panel discussion hosted by the Middle East Policy Council on Capitol Hill Oct. 2.The event...
More Resources and Events
MORE RESOURCES AND EVENTSHarvard University has just published Unit 2 of its short pieces of Middle Eastern literature for high school students called Are You Listening? Voices from the Middle East. Unit 1 focused on Growing Up in the Middle East. Unit...
Most of Arab World Scores Low in U.N. Human Development Report for FY 1998
Most of Arab World Scores Low in U.N. Human Development Report for FY 1998The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released in September its annual Human Development Report for 1998. Each year the report, issued since 1990, concentrates on a different...
Muslims of America and the 1998 Elections
MUSLIMS OF AMERICA AND THE 1998 ELECTIONSThe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sponsored a lecture Sept. 28 to discuss American Muslims and the 1998 elections across the country. Atif Harden, executive director of the American Muslim Council,...
Muslim Women's League Audience Demands Encore from Islamic Feminist Poet Mohja Kahf
Muslim Women's League Audience Demands Encore From Islamic Feminist Poet Mohja Kahf"Right on!""That's right, Sister!""More, more, more!"No, I wasn't at a rock concert or a political rally, I was at a poetry reading given by the Muslim Women's League....
Palestinian Cameramen Covering Hebron Are Targeted by Israeli Soldiers and Settlers
Palestinian Cameramen Covering Hebron Are Targeted by Israeli Soldiers and SettlersSeveral cameramen and photographers gathered around the bed of Husam Abu Alam, a Palestinian cameraman working for Agence France Presse, at the Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron...
Palestinian Islamist Azzam Tamimi Defines Hamas, PLO Differences and Calls for Dialogue with Both
Palestinian Islamist Azzam Tamimi Defines Hamas, PLO Differences and Calls for Dialogue With Both"Time is not on Israel's side, but rather with those who resist Israel," declares Azzam Tamimi, a native of Hebron and chairman of Liberty for the Muslim...
Poll Shows Americans Support Independent Palestinian State by Better Than 3-to-1 Margin
Poll Shows Americans Support Independent Palestinian State by Better Than 3-to-1 MarginWhile the Middle East peace process has had its stops and starts throughout the 1990s, American public opinion has evolved steadily and in a totally opposite direction...
Scholars Help Bosnia Rebuild Destroyed Libraries
Scholars Help Bosnia Rebuild Destroyed LibrariesAs the world watched in horror, the guns of August 1992 pounded the beautiful old city of Sarajevo to ruins. While the human carnage has been widely reported, another aspect of the ethnic cleansing of the...
Secret Evidence Topic of AAI Briefing on Capitol Hill
SECRET EVIDENCE TOPIC OF AAI BRIEFING ON CAPITOL HILLThe Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC was the scene of an Oct. 21 briefing hosted by the Arab American Institute (AAI) on the subject of secret evidence and the threat it holds for freedom...
Secret Israeli Units Lived among Palestinians for Years
Secret Israeli Units Lived Among Palestinians for YearsIsraelis are fascinated with the revelation that for the past 40 years Israeli Jewish undercover agents have been passing themselves off as Palestinians and have not only lived with and worked with...
Sudanese American Seeks to Halt Sudan's 15-Year Civil War with Model Peace Village There
Sudanese American Seeks to Halt Sudan's 15-Year Civil War With Model Peace Village ThereOf the civil wars raging throughout Africa today, none has received as little attention in the West as that in Sudan. A brutal civil war raged there for 15 years....
The Middle East at the NCSS Conference in California
THE MIDDLE EAST AT THE NCSS CONFERENCE IN CALIFORNIAThis is the season for major educational conferences. For K-12 teachers, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is holding its annual conference Nov. 19-22 in Anaheim, California, where...
The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict
The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict-- Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism.By now Theodor Herzl's written pledge to early fellow Zionists to "spirit" the indigenous Palestinian Arab population "across the border" "while denying it any employment...
The Ostrovsky Files: Crash of Cargo Plane in Holland Revealed Existence of Israeli Chemical and Biological Weapons Plant
THE OSTROVSKY FILES: Crash of Cargo Plane in Holland Revealed Existence of Israeli Chemical and Biological Weapons PlantOn Oct. 4, 1992 a Tel Aviv-bound El Al cargo aircraft crashed into an apartment complex in Bijlmermeer, a neighborhood on the outskirts...
The Subcontinent: Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Leaves U.S. Empty-Handed but Successfully Faces Down Military Commander
THE SUBCONTINENT: Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif Leaves U.S. Empty-Handed But Successfully Faces Down Military CommanderA lot of hopes were attached to the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the United States in the third week of September. That President...
United Nations Report: This Year's U.N. Resolution on Palestinians Will Include Their Right to Self-Determination and "Statehood"
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: This Year's U.N. Resolution on Palestinians Will Include Their Right to Self-Determination and "Statehood"The Wye peace talks excluded the U.N. -- and everyone knows why. The U.N. resolutions stressing the position of the occupied...
U.S. Africa Expert Says Sudan's African Neighbors Taking Increasing Role in Its Civil War
U.S. AFRICA EXPERT SAYS SUDAN'S AFRICAN NEIGHBORS TAKING INCREASING ROLE IN ITS CIVIL WARAs civil war continues between Sudan's predominantly Muslim government in the north and largely Christian or animist tribes in the south, the country's African neighbors...
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Speaking to U.S. Jewish Audiences
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL SPEAKING TO U.S. JEWISH AUDIENCESU.S. Ambassador to Israel Edward S. Walker, Jr. addressed an audience of 100 persons on Sept. 18 at Congregation Ko Shofar in Tiburon, California. Ambassador Walker, who was appointed ambassador...
U.S. Trade with the Middle East Is Up (for Now)
U.S. Trade With the Middle East Is Up (For Now)How fares trade between the Middle East and the U.S.?So far this year not badly at all, considering. According to the latest Commerce Department figures, U.S.-regional trade, which has been trending upward...
"Vision" Examined at AMA's Third Annual Convention
"VISION" EXAMINED AT AMA'S THIRD ANNUAL CONVENTION"Co-authoring America's Vision of Itself" was the theme of the third annual convention of the American Muslim Alliance held Oct. 3 in Hempstead, New York. The national convention of the AMA, a grassroots...
What's Behind the Turkish-Syrian Crisis? Two Views from Turkey
WHAT'S BEHIND THE TURKISH-SYRIAN CRISIS? Two Views from TurkeyEconomic Problems, Looming Scandal, Water And the Alliance With IsraelFears of a persistent campaign to undermine the credibility of the government have prompted Turkish Prime Minister Mesut...
What They Said: Rep. David Bonior; Raising Awareness of Islam
WHAT THEY SAID: Rep. David Bonior; Raising Awareness of IslamI am very honored to join you here today.The fact that so many people would travel from across the country to be here reflects a remarkable pride and strength.A pride and strength that underscore...
Yemeni Minister Outlines Economic Challenges to Confederation Government
YEMENI MINISTER OUTLINES ECONOMIC CHALLENGES TO CONFEDERATION GOVERNMENTYemeni Deputy Prime Minister Abdalqadi Bajammal, who also is his country's foreign minister, gave a briefing Oct. 1 on the problems and progress of his country's confederation government...
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